To continue my previous post…I would like to compare the high speed rail situation to the freeways and ITS. Over-crowded highways have a cost in terms of delay, safety and other consequences. It can hinder a region’s economic growth if not adequately addressed. I fear the airline industry is headed this same way if nothing is done. I realize that high-speed rail may never be profitable without help – see Exhibit A (AMTRAK). However, if it can be shown that rail can help the airways be less crowded and therefore safer then maybe there’s a way to sell the cost to the taxpayer. I would suggest that the airlines be given an incentive to enter the rail business – to replace the losses they would occur form having fewer short-distance routes. I am sure there are a lot more angles and nuances and maybe some rebuttal that I would love to read and consider for my own education, so feel free to comment.