If you’re taking a train vacation in the US, you’re either a European who hasn’t yet realized how inefficient the rail network is in the states, or you have a Sheldon Cooper-esque obsession with trains. Fittingly, the only thing less cool than publicly dropping The Big Bang Theory references is traveling by train in the US.
The US rail network is notoriously inefficient, and lacks the affordability and connectivity of most of Europe’s train system. While the US is undeniably advanced in plenty of other fields of transportation technology, the size and quality of its rail network feels like it’s stuck in the 1980s. A new Biden administration initiative is offering a glimmer of hope for US train travel — at least in California.