Originally Posted by dirk digler
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.
Agreed. And in all those cases, you are assuming there's no delay, there's no flight transfer (and that in that flight transfer, you're original flight isn't delayed), and you're not checking in any bags. You're also assuming your terminal is close. In O'Hare, I once walked about a half hour just to get from gate to gate.
This is why I don't get why midwesterners are so resistant to this travel. Especially if you're not a mega airport hub, you probably have to do a transfer flight. And that is all kinds of inconvenient.