Thank you for sharing and posting this.
Problems facing US passenger rail -- let alone high speed passenger rail -- as this piece says are widespread, have vertical and horizontal economic conflict with many different successful US companies and institutions that stand in the way of change and is now 60-70 years in the making.
To make high speed rail a reality in the US lots of $ from federal and state governments and private investment needs to be raised. We need something like all of the investment in railroads that took place in the 19th century when there were many hundreds of railroads of different sizes and specialized functions throughout the US.
The US needs a railroad evangelist the way Steve Jobs -- and Bill Gates and Bill Wilkinson to a lesser extent -- was an early personal computer evangelist spreading the good word about how incredible computers were back in the 70's and 80's (first promoting the Apple II, then the Lisa, and then the Mac).
Americans want passenger rail and high speed rail for transportation and we need someone like Warren Buffett who could at least lead the charge/cause and not only be a US rail modernization evangelist but also who has the money, experience/business acumen and interest in railroads to take this on. It doesn't have to be Warren Buffet -- I have never seen anything written about his interest in backing passenger and high speed rail -- but someone with vision, experience and resources.
Thank you sidew for posting the Norwegian train driver's view as well; looks like a fun day on the Bergen Line!