Originally Posted by AustinChief
I agree 1000% with this EXCEPT there is an advantage to rail for business... you can WORK on a train, it's almost impossible to be productive on an airplane. Of course, this doesn't make sense if you are trading a 2 hour flight for an 8 hour train ride... but it makes a ton of sense for anything under 2 hours of train travel.
Here's a good example. Indianapolis to Omaha. Looked at a flight for 2/21 arbitrarily. $350 and it will take you about 4 hours to get there by plane. The rail can probably get you there in about 3 hours for a hell of a lot less money, and you save about 30-45 minutes of hassle and frustration from the airport (I'm not talking about hassle, by the way, as just being annoying. I'm talking about hassle as in, from a business standpoint, 30-45 minutes is really valuable time an employee can spend comfortable using a computer with wifi).
For short train rides, I see lots of people using it for day trips (e.g. going to a stadium). I also see a LOT of businesspeople using it, as it is cheaper and allows one to be more productive than driving.