By airplane--- not counting the nonsense at each terminal where minutes become hours-- it's about an hour and a half flying time.By car--- it's a little over 7.5 hours not counting stopping for fuel, eating, using the facilities and whatnot. Add another 2 hours just to be safe, so let's say 9.5 hours.By Amtrak passenger train-- it's almost 15 hours. I kid you not. Only riding a bicycle would be slower. (But, after riding a bike for more than 500 miles you'd sure be buff.)
The US train system is basically a freight transport network. Not that efficient, but very extensive and can ship large amounts of goods long distance for low cost. Amtrack shifts a few people very slowly for high cost, and there's not a big market for that. The US has grown to European densities along many corridors, wirh its consequences, a generation ago Europeans became like the Americans and the European left-wing hated that. Now you look set to become like us and I imagine the US right wing will hate that. Therein the rub..First you need to solve the last mile problem, a practical cost-effective means to get from where you are to the station and from the station to where you want to go. That's not particularly hard, public transport, taxi, car rentals, parking. Then you should have several routes that make sense from an engineering and economic view, but they are not going to happen successfully due to culture wars, tribal politics, and special interest. They will conspire to make any project massively delayed, massively over budget, and no longer along a route and under conditions that would make sense or money.500 miles should be around a 3 1/2 to 4 hours train ride at price-optimal speed. The crate can be shipped separately at slower speed, though the cost may be too high.
Scotland doesn't fit into Texas.
The greatest historical event in transportation on the continent occurred at Promontory, Utah, on May 10, 1869, as the Union Pacific tracks joined those of the Central Pacific Railroad.
Trains don't work well here because of the distances, and more to the point because there isn't the density of population centers that you have in Europe.
Problem: Both of these cities have airports, and a puddle-jumper plane can get you from one to the other in maybe an hour.
Quote from: mjmsprt40 on 2015-11-15, 11:18:28Trains don't work well here because of the distances, and more to the point because there isn't the density of population centers that you have in Europe.Last century they thought they had the required population density worth to cover the continent with a network of trains, but now...
It took awhile, but eventually the superhighway and the jet plane settled the issue for long-distance passenger rail
If you're going from say Chicago to Miami, a jet would be the better option (the longer the distance to greater the airline's advantage) , but going from LA to LV, the hassle of the air travel seems nonsensical.
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