What makes trains in America so different from trains in Europe? It’s simple - efficiency. According to a Pew study, freight shipped by truck uses ten times as much energy and greenhouse gases than freight shipped by rail. For passengers, although a rail car can hold hundreds of people, it is more energy efficient to drive a car (which freight cannot do). The best part is America is already doing this! Unless All Aboard Florida and Brightline have their way, of course.
In Europe, they are doing the exact opposite, sending 46% of freight via truck. This means less efficient and actually most costly, because it costs less to send freight via train than on the highway. Another aspect in Europe is that to smoothen out conflict between freight trains and passenger trains, they built rail lines exclusive for passengers, but these have been very costly with little benefit.
America is already being as energy and cost efficient with their rail lines - should this be sacrificed for the Amtrak train projects which will lead to more traffic errors, and costly prices that will drain out billions of dollars in taxpayers’s money?