Originally Posted by chiefzilla1501
4) Fourth and finally... especially in the midwest, it expands opportunity. Businesses pay a lot of money to recruit top talent, and it's often a hard selling point when you're isolated. Again, I pointed to a person who lives in Chicago and commutes from Milwaukee because his wife refused to live in Milwaukee. The midwest is thriving with business opportunity. Having access like this really expands the attractiveness of this rail, especially if you're talking about an upper midwest or southeast market.
I predict that this last point, the expansion of opportunities for couples to work in different metro areas is going to be one of the reasons why high-speed rail will end up being a GDP-enhancing proposition on net for Californians. California has extremely high-priced real estate clusters around the big cities but in other places the weather is great and the real estate isn't as expensive. With high speed rail making it feasible for each partner to get to different metro areas in a couple of hours, I expect it to lead to some economic development for a lot of the areas that are currently being ridiculed as being in the middle of nowhere.