Originally Posted by loochy
So they won't have security and checks on a train? Any ol terrorist can come and blow it up.
Drive to KCI? That's if you live far from KCI. What about if you live far from the train station?
I don't see how this will really be anything other than a slow version of an airplane.
Yep. I like the idea of high speed rail but in order for myself to use it other than a novelty it will have to save me time and money.
I did some checking on popular routes and the mid-range trip would be the best for me.
1. KC - St. Louis - 250 miles. For high speed rail that would take 1 hr 15 minutes. To fly that takes 30 minutes. For me to take the rail it would take me 1 hour to get up to KC and probably 30 minutes to board\security so the total trip time would be 2:45. To fly it takes me almost 2 hours to get to KCI plus you have to be there at least 1 hour prior to departure. I can drive that in that time frame for either option.
Cost to fly: $250 round trip
2. KC - Chicago - 510 miles. High speed rail = 2:30 Flight: :50 minutes
Cost to fly: $215 round trip
3. KC - Dallas - 555 miles. High Speed rail = 2:45 Flight: 1 hour
Cost to fly: $190 round trip
If rail could compete at those prices or better than I think it would be a viable option for many.