HSR has been in the news a lot lately. Florida just shot down a big rail project for the state. Unfortunately the topic has been politicized putting the future of rail in the U.S. in danger. The usually level headed conservative George Will made an unusual emotional argument against rail last week: The time may not be right for HSR because they are costly, long term, risky projects and only appropriate for a few regions in the US (i.e. New England). It's hard for congress to dump large amounts on a select few regions while neglecting the rest. The time is right for small scale urban rail projects. They are cheaper, have more immediate results (less traffic) and are suitable for just about every metropolitan region. As a nation we need to build up a network of higher-speed regular trains that becomes dense enough that you can actually use HSR.