Public transportation in the United States is far behind other developed countries. Even within most cities and urban areas, getting around using public transportation alone is nearly impossible, especially in Western United States. In addition to urban transportation, intercity public transportation along medium-length distances leaves much to be desired. For cities from 100 to 700 miles apart, having high-speed public transport systems such as high-speed rails and MagLev trains could be incredibly beneficial to the country's economic growth. These medium-length distances do not lend themselves well to flying, and would certainly benefit from high-speed public transport systems. Addressing these two public transportation shortcomings could go a long way to reducing emissions and encouraging economic growth.