Originally Posted by caspermike
what energy resource is going to be consumed in order for these to run?
Same fossil fuels as now moving people, just MUCH more efficiently.
Mike, don't worry, high-speed rail will not be coming to small town Wyoming anytime soon. The plan is to focus on heavily traveled, high population corridors, like Boston to NYC to Washington and LA to SF.
For these type trips, high speed rail is more fuel efficent than flying and can be faster door to door.
Highly unlikely we will see any I-70 rail solutions, very expensive construction, only seasonal and weekend high demand, and limited functionality. I am not going to drive to Golden, ride a train to Frisco and then catch a bus to Breckenridge (carrying ski gear). Now it would be possible to upgrade the current ski train to Winter Park by increasing number of trains, pricing it as mass transit and adding a stop on Highway 93. The tracks are already in place.