According to our government, there is no money to fix up an aging, outdated infrastructure. There is no money for high-speed rail. There is no money for anything beyond funding the military and we all pay the price. Recent headlines point to the neglected transportation system in America. And as the blame game begins, there is plenty to go around. The president blames congress and congress blames everything else. But why is it that other developed nations and countries have high-speed trains that would have had no problem traveling at a speed of 100 mph even while traveling in a heavily populated area? That is because other countries have invested in their country’s infrastructure and their people. They believe that speed and safety can go hand-in-hand and it quite obviously can, just not in America.
China has high-speed trains, France has high-speed trains, England has high speed trains, China’s Shanghai magnetic levitation train hits 270mph and yet an Amtrak train in America derailed while traveling at 100mph. So click on the link and read about the 11 Incredibly Fast Trains That Leave America In The Dust and quite honestly, I am shocked that the Amtrak train could even get up to that speed. It is a disgusting shame and an outrage that people have to lose their lives because the shits that are supposed to represent US could give a rat’s ass about this hole and have the nerve to act shocked when the shit hits the fan when I am thankful that it does not happen on a regular basis. Oh my bad! It does, but it’s usually trains filled with crude oil derailing and resulting in evacuations of towns and also resulting in poisoned water.
I cannot even take a through train from the Midwest to the East Coast without first having to spend a night in Chicago since Amtrak is fighting a legal battle with the owners of the track that was laid for, apparently, commercial use as opposed to passenger use. But remember, we are told that we have ‘excecptionalism’ going on all up in America. Really? Where? Because I don’t think that the people who are dead thanks in part to neglect and ignorance are in a position to feel that great American ‘exceptionalism’! If those who supposedly represent us were truly interested in the safety of those Amtrak passengers, this tragedy need not have happened.