Apparently bringing rail lines and high speed trains to the US has been a task no one has yet been able to accomplish. However, many agree that the $8 billion from the stiumulus will give HSR a decent shot in the United States.
Anyone who has been to Europe, and I assume most of this readership has, will tell you the rail system is terrific. Probably one of the main factors that make backpacking in Europe financially possible. The USHSR is dedicated to doing it. They have been around for a little while, this is nothing brand new, but they are marketing this decade as the decade of high speed rail. While their logo is pretty sweet…their website is not so much, but regardless, they do have information and future plans for the first rail network.