The world's 7 fastest rail trips
Sick of flying? It's well known in transportation circles that for distances of around 250 miles -- that's the distance from Dallas to Houston, or New York to Boston -- high-speed trains are the best option. From city center to city center, they're faster, more reliable and more environmentally friendly than either flying or driving. That's why European and Asian countries are frantically laying high-speed tracks to connect their population centers.
We'll probably never see those kinds of trains in the United States. Although there are plenty of routes that have been identified as viable for high-speed rail such as Washington-New York-Boston, San Diego-Los Angeles-San Francisco, Dallas-Houston-Austin and Detroit-Chicago-St. Louis, short-term thinking and incompetence seem to rule the day here in the U.S.