High-speed rail costs a lot of money which at the moment is pretty tight for the federal and state governments. The proposed high speed rail line from LA to San Francisco is expected to cost 30 billion dollars upfront with another 19.4 billion dollars that will need to be paid for interest on bonds over 30 years. In the instance of a high-speed rail from New York to Albany, only an hour is shaved off the driving time. Consumers maybe willing to spend the extra time (and maybe money) in a car for the added comfort and freedom if there is only a one hour difference. This creates trouble when trying to build a good ridership base.
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