Memo to the US: We may have the one of the best freight rail systems in the world but it’s terrible for passenger travel. I’ve taken trains all over the world, in first world countries and developing ones and I’ve never been bounced around as much as on this Amtrak train from Tampa to DC. I’d compare it to the 3rd world but any comparisons would be unfair because the 3rd world has functioning passenger rail. There’s no need for a smooth ride with freight but if we’re ever going to have a functional passenger rail system we need high speed dedicated passenger lines. If China can cover the county with rail lines surely the US can manage.
And that’s not even going into Rick Scott killing high speed rail in Florida.