The Obama administration has committed to spend $13 billion over the next five years jump-starting high-speed rail projects. But it’s an opportunity that Atlanta is likely to miss, at least this time around.

... [P]olitically and bureaucratically, we’re located far from the real action. California and Florida, among other states, are well ahead of Georgia in planning and preparation for high-speed rail.

... From our country’s earliest days ... government has invested in roads, bridges, canals and, later, railroads and airports to build infrastructure that private industry could use to conduct business.

... If Georgia leaders are no longer willing to make such big investments, those in other regions are less shy. One of the biggest advocates of high-speed rail in Virginia, for example, is Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorMeet Trump's most trusted pollsters Embattled Juul seeks allies in Washington GOP faces tough battle to become 'party of health care' MORE, the conservative House Republican whip.

... In a global economy in which speed and efficiency are rewarded, Georgia can’t allow itself to miss the train.