Originally Posted by AustinChief
I would like to point out that I am RABIDLY pro-rail. I would love there to be urban rail, high speed cross country rail.. all kinds of rail!!! BUT I understand that just because I want something doesn't mean I should force the rest of you to pay for it. So I won't sit here and make up excuses or convoluted hypotheticals to try to justify spending YOUR money on something I want. I'm happy to let the market decide this.
Direckshun, you see how that works?
I'm not necessarily opposed to it. The problem is that the people doing the investing would likely be the wealthy, and would prefer a rail design that feeds their interests.
That's all fine and good, but the poor and the middle class would really benefit from HSR travel. For one, they'd actually travel more. Which is objectively a positive thing economically and culturally.
My preference would be for a national rail system much like the OP. When the private funding fails to offer travels that poorer Americans would benefit from, then perhaps public funding would supplement it.