From the Forums: The Case Against High Speed Trains

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MikeZ has a problem with high speed rail travel:

The way I look at it, the competitors to High Speed rail are: 1) Cars, which driving long distances on the highway are in their most efficient operating mode. 2) Planes, which get around 40-50 mpg per seat. In addition, the only attempt at long distance rail travel, AMTRAK, is losing ridiculous amount of money and has operating costs on a per seat-mile basis massively more than any airline. Yet people advocate spending billions on high speed rail. Instead why not dedicate that money towards commuter rail and light rail?

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