I think bullet trains are a great idea, but certainly not from Atlanta to Chattanooga; we are only talking 100 miles to Atlanta from here. The same is true for a train from here to Nashville by the way.
First of all, how fast is this train going to go, let's say for the sake of it that the train will go 200 mph; that means you will get to Atlanta in about 40 minutes. Congratulations, you have just shaved a full hour and fifteen minutes out of your schedule.
Take into consideration the amount of preperation you would have to have to get an entire family onto the train, the cost of the ticket for your family, the cost of parking for your family, the cost of the cab you will be using in Atlanta for your family...
There is no way that this is going to be successful for the largest majority of persons. It is so much easier to load up your car and drive to either Atlanta or Nashville than it is to ride a bullet train, which will cost $Billions and fail.
If you want to make the United States bullet train friendly, then at least make it worth your while to pack your family an travel. How about a train from Boston to New York to DC to Atlanta to Orlano to Miami? Feel free to go through in Chattanooga and other great cities along the way!
Lastly, please let this be done by the private sector. The federal government has no right. authority or responsibilty to do this; it will be done poorly, it will not be done on time, it will be unionized and it will be inneficient.
If you are so concerned about your safety when you go to a restaurant, night club, or bar...check to see if they have sprinklers installed. If they don't, leave. If they do, stay. It's that simple.
These "public" restaurants you refer to aren't public places, they are private establishments that the public is free to enjoy.
The best thing you can do to make sure that you are going to be safe in the event of a fire anyway, is to be aware of where the exits are located.
I guarantee that those of you who feel that sprinklers should be installed by force, are the same people that vote on a bill to make smoking illegal in restaurants.