Profit and greed will be the airlines downfall. They should have stuck to providing long distance, and some medium distance travels, and allowing rail to take care of the short-medium distance trips,
I go from Austin to Houston and Dallas all the time. As I was telling my cab driver in Dallas the other day, I (rather, my clients) would be willing to pay a hefty premium if I could take a train from downtown Austin to downtown Dallas if it got me there in 2.5 hours or so -- roughly the time necessary for me to drive to ABIA, go through security, etc. Clients pay for my time either way; they'd prefer that I be able to do something productive.It's simply an issue of cost. Southwest is so cheap. I have no idea how much the land for rail would cost, but I'm sure it's a staggering amount. Maybe they could stick it in the Trans-Texas Corridor right of way.
I love taking the train in between Chicago and Cleveland. There is so much space. And breakfast too.
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