Top-speed: 574.8 kmh (357.16 mph) for the train (V150) in the video.
Amtrak sucks and the U.S. has no idea what trains could do.
Some perspective: New York to Los Angeles: 2792 miles.
Time for the V150 – 7h 48min. Remember it does not have to stop for anything (Does not need fuel).
Flight time today – assuming no delays (haha) :
|362min||6h 2min (flight time)|
|120min||2hrs (suggested time to arrive at airport)|
|15min||(time the flight is allowed to be late and still be considered on time|
|8h 17min||Assuming no delays!|
But lets talk about delays. Go here to see what the delays are today. On July 30, 2008 — every single airport was experiencing major delays. There were no exceptions. On my recent flight from San Francisco to Austin, Tx, we were delayed by over 2 hours because of a little bit of ground fog.
Its time to recognize that trains can compete with planes everywhere connected by land (or Chunnel).