Building the Right Bullet Train

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If you're heading to Germany at this time of year, your plans might include checking out a late-running Oktoberfest, spending a weekend in the Bavarian countryside and visiting some of Berlin's world-class museums. But for syndicated columnist Joe Mathews, one of the high points of his recent trip to Germany was riding the country's bullet trains.

Here in the Golden State, we've barely broken ground on our high-speed rail project -- and the pricetag keeps on climbing, with the latest estimates running as high as $71 billion.

Joe Mathews says there's a lot that we could learn from Germany's high-speed rail system.



Joe Mathews