High-Speed Rail Map: Alfred Twu's Visionary Map Of Train Travel In America (PHOTO)

02/12/2013 08:23am ET | Updated December 6, 2017
FILE - In this July 9, 2007, file photo Amtrak's Lincoln Service train passes Illinois cornfields as it speeds through a crossing en route to Chicago. The two biggest players in the nation's pursuit of high-speed rail said Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, they'll work together to search for trains that will operate at up to 220 miles per hour along both coasts of the United States. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

President Obama's high-speed rail plans may have hit a few major snags over the years, but that hasn't stopped some people from keeping the vision alive, and graphic artist Alfred Twu is among them.

Twu's map, as Slate points out, is more ambitious than Obama's $8 billion plan. Unlike Obama's proposed plan to draw trains down the East Coast and better connect cities in California, Twu's map would easily connect New York and Los Angeles, with Chicago acting as a major hub of all high-speed rail throughout the country.

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The map is a visionary's dream; could high-speed rail be as successful in America as it is in, say, Europe or even China? Departing Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood told HuffPost at the end of January that America "is behind" on high-speed rail and that as long as Obama is in the White House, his Transportation Secretary should make rail a priority.

What do you think? Are you impressed by the map? Would you travel from Los Angeles to New York via train? Leave it in comments.