Any thoughts on this: China has recently opened or is set to open by 2012, 42 high-speed rail lines. By comparison, the United States hopes to build its first high-speed rail line by 2014, an 84-mile route linking Tampa and Orlando, Fla.

This is from a NYTimes article:



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    China’s government has alot more say over what is produced in the country than Americas government does (this is probably a good thing). The government decided that high speed trains were important for China. In America, the market makes these decisions, and for whatever reason, untill 2014, the market has determined that high speed rails would not be profitable. (In addition, there are alot more people in China, so public transportation is more important, and there is a larger labor force to build suck rail lines).

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