Regarding “High-Speed Rail Has a Future” (April 1 Perspectives): John M. Crisp thinks, so wishfully, that a “post-driving-boom era” will usher us into a new railway age. The auto-intensive transportation system is indeed very wasteful of resources. However, a high-speed train-o-topia would also be a massive resource glutton. Furthermore, the millennials who cannot afford cars also couldn’t afford a ticket on those trains.
Our run-down highway system needs heavy investment. Let’s make it work better by retrofitting it with guided busways/truckways. Let luxurious buses do 85 to 100 mph while autos mosey along at 65. You think I am crazy? Log into www.thebusway.info or www.redcoachusa.com and grasp a vision of what intercity buses can become if some good ideas are put together in the same place.
Such a transportation system can, in a gradual, affordable and cost-effective manner, meet any post-driving-boom era competitively and save big time on fuel, space and carbon footprint.
ROBERT P. SECHLER