Tim Cavanaugh On the End of High-Speed Rail


"The way high-speed rail projects have been collapsing around the world," writes Reason.com managing editor Tim Cavanaugh, "you'd think they were corrupt, outrageously expensive, fiscally ruinous, poorly planned government efforts to build a 19th century means of transportation for which there's no demand." As bullet trains fizzle overseas and public support dwindles at home, the next step is for voters and politicians to realize that high-speed rail is not a good idea poorly executed. Failure is built into the concept.