As much as I love trains, I feel like these 10 reasons ring true. No one will want this in their backyard, so all of these people will become environmentalists to protect the rare and microscopic purple booted booby that happens to live in all the land that high speed rail will be built on. Therefore it will require years of study and costs. Recently, in my area, a one lane route was expanded to a highway. The environmentalists made them build a lit turtle tunnel at the cost of $1 million if I recall correctly**. And this highway is only 5 or 10 miles long. I've read that most subway systems are not profitable, I don't see why high speed rail will be any different other than costing even more money.
Just like you, gkr, to confuse the matter with facts! Don't you understand how groovey and far out HSR is? Think, no dream, of those eleventy-forty-forty miles of HSR so far laid down by the pointy-heads in Caracasafornia, don't you know how groovey that is? And it was cheap. And the remainder will be done in the blink of an eye! Can a man, or even a birthperson, not dream??