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"The Shinkansen, as the speedy train network is known in Japan, is not considered futuristic, fancy or for the elite, as some critics of California's high-speed rail plans have scoffed. Rather, it's part of the fabric of daily life, something not so much taken for granted as relied upon. The sleek trains - better known outside Japan as bullet trains - shoot through much of the nation almost unnoticed every few minutes, efficiently hauling more than 300 million riders per year."
I've ridden the Shinkansen many times and this article is dead-on. The system is amazing. If done right it will revolutionize transportation in California. Doing it right though requires more than just the high speed train. As this article points out there's a highly networked system of local trains and subways that connect with the Shinkansen. Those systems are what really prevent people from needing cars. We got a lot to learn...