"I do not claim that every incident in the history of empire can be explained in directly economic terms. Economic interests are filtered through a political process, policies are implemented by a complex state apparatus, and the whole system generates its own momentum."
infrastructure in America is laughable. What's sad is we already pay taxes that are supposed to keep it up. We need to reapportion our spending and cut spending in other areas to fix up infrastructure. We also need to have competitive contracts and companies bidding to do these jobs to help drive down the cost of the work. As cities grow and interstates get old (and do not expand) we are bound to have more problems. The fact that rush hour exists in any city is a sad thing.
We insufficiently maintain out existing structure. As long as we do not properly maintain it, why should we build more, but to not properly maintain?
Now how about the cost. We already run unmanageable deficits and debt. Now you want to spend even more?
I've read that the "high speed mass transit" train system planned for California is not going to be high speed after all, because the contract had to be rewritten due to problems. Top speed won't be much faster than a car would travel. We tried to copy Japan's bullet train, and that could have been a good idea, but it isn't going to work out that way for us. In the meantime, roads, bridges, and water and sewer mains in the rest of the country are crumbling. I think that could be considered mutually exclusive, since California is only one State out of fifty.
Double the speed and you have to make uneven parts of the track four times smoother. Simple physics. Want to go 240 MPH? That's a factor of about 4, or 16 times smoother.
A single small earthquake would shut down tracks until they were inspected for smoothness...