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 CantorLeaving on a high note: Outgoing NRCC head looks to build on 2020 Overnight Defense: US sanctions NATO ally Turkey over Russian defense system | Veterans groups, top Democrats call for Wilkie's resignation | Gingrich, other Trump loyalists named to Pentagon board Gingrich, other Trump loyalists named to Pentagon advisory panel 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.