Originally Posted by chiefzilla1501
Again, please justify what "break even" means. Because by that measure no stadium project would ever be approved.
Even if you reject a break even point for profit you have to admit that there's a break even point of ridership to make it worthwhile. It's not like you could say, "Well, even if 5 people a day ride it, it would be cool." I don't even think you'd get enough people riding most of the routes to make it worthwhile using your intangible ROI measurement. I think most trains, outside of maybe the ones closest to Chicago for the midwest, would be largely empty. Empty trains don't justify a huge expense just because it would be cool to have a train.
As far as stadiums go, municipalities normally vote in favor of tax money to be used for them because they think the benefit outweighs the cost. Go ahead and put a multi-billion dollar train tax to a vote and see how many people think travel from St. Louis to Des Moines, or KC to OKC on a bullet train would be a big enough benefit to outweigh the cost.