High Speed Rail in America - That sounds good to me, but does it make dollars and sense for big business? Other countries(much older than our punkrock self)have established rail systems that can pretty much get you around their own countries that run more frequent, are fairly affordable and accessible to all. In America we have Amtrak, the single rail service available for travel. How that isn't considered a monopoly is government magic.
When I think train, I think Japan, a country known for their train system efficiency and coverage, and yes its all true (known from very fun personal experience) Though, delays still often occur when someone decides to ride the rail head on. I find it hard to believe that the American Auto industry is excited about High Speed Rail - unless they plan on selling individual rail passenger cars with 12 wheel drive and a usb port to every American. The current major transportation system in America, The Automobile Industry, has been manufactured to make money and keep the profits rolling - not the trains.
The auto industry needs and loves separation, between people and geography - they want us to drive by ourselves - everywhere. A high speed rail system in America would connect people, strengthen communities, offer more options to work, and allow Americans to finally see and appreciate the country we live in - together. The auto industry wants to choke innovation - High Speed Rail will get that blood flowing again - C'mon 'Bama - Lets get that steel rollin'.