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 am with you on this. You've made some very good points in this entire discussion. For the record, I am not a rah-rah pro-rail guy. I am for it if the benefits at least can somewhat justify the cost -- I recognize that anytime you throw the word government in there, you add a ton of extra cost to pay for a project that will be conducted very poorly and inefficiently. And I recognize that any HSR supporter can easily budget the ROI numbers.
I find the idea intriguing not for my own use, but because I believe it enables business. Big time. And I believe in ideas that invest in business. Most importantly, I resent the common idea that the only things that matters is revenue and cost. I don't think the ideas in this thread are convoluted. Think they are pretty simple. HSR will dramatically help businesses travel cheaper, more productively, and will enable employees to travel even more often.