Great quote in the article "Simpler base technologies may seem inferior but are actually superior because they allow decisions and implementations to be delayed to a time when everything can be done faster and smarter. Big projects that don’t plan this way are doomed to failure."
In regards to HSR future, it seems likely that the cheap alternative in the near future might be dedicated highway lanes that allow platooning of autonomous vehicles. If that happens then I think rail transit would have to come up with something really innovative to be able to compete on cost and efficiency.
Not too flattering considering the voting criteria:
"Schools on the 'Party Schools' list are those at which surveyed students' answers indicated a combination of: low personal daily study hours (outside of class), high usages of alcohol and drugs on campus and high popularity on campus for frats/sororities,"