Originally Posted by Silock
It's not just about money. If the trains operate at a low capacity, they will be far less green than current modes of transportation. You'd have to incentivize people to use it by raising tools and taxing cars, gas, flight and buses more than they are now. Not happening.
That's why many metro buses are far more inefficient and pollute more than cars. They simply don't carry enough people to justify their huge amount of pollution. Now imagine the heavy equipment and coal burning used to build and run the rail, and combine it with limited use. Other modes of travel quickly eclipse it on the green scale.
Ive heard both sides. But again, if we are talking ROI, this absolutely should be factored into the costs. Again why it's stupid for people to talk profit and loss. It works both ways. Costs are not just dollars spent. It's also stuff like if it creates more pollution than current alternatives.