Originally Posted by chiefzilla1501
You're missing the big picture. It's not about going from NY to Florida. It's about having the means to go from one destination to one relatively close to it. DC to NY. Atlanta to Orlando. If this were the midwest, imagine being able to go from St. Louis to Chicago in an hour.
I get that people want to see cost-benefit. But are they people seriously questioning the value of having high speed rail? Seriously? It would be a huge boost to tourism and hugely convenient for businesses, not to mention a great way to reduce traffic congestion and pollution.
Sadly, you're missing the big picture as well. If they built a high-speed train line between Chicago and St. Louis, it would undoubtedly be subject to the same psychotic security measures that we currently have in airports, and then you'd have the same problems and no time savings.
I'm already starting to see TSA goons milling around Union Station in Chicago more and more. It'll probably take just one train bombing for them to gleefully install metal detectors and security lines. I sure as hell wouldn't want to go through that every day on the way to work.