Trains are a great way to travel
On a fast train, you can get where you're going while working, eating, socializing, having a drink, taking a nap—whatever. Your time is yours.
With high-speed rail, train travel is always faster than driving. In many cases, it's even faster than flying, once you factor in the whole air travel song-and-dance. And if you do need to catch a plane, trains make it easier to get to the airport.
Here's just one example of a trip begging for high-speed rail: Chicago to Minneapolis.
A high-speed train would be three times faster than driving—2.5 hours vs. 7.5 hours.
Sure, you could fly, but once you factor in traveling to the airport, going through security, and sitting on a taxiway, the high-speed train is still faster.
It would also be cheaper. A lot cheaper. That high-speed train ticket would cost about $75, compared to more than $200 to fly or drive.
Sometimes, you have to fly. And when you do, getting to the airport is often a struggle. But it doesn't have to be that way. Around the world, major airports have train stations right next to the terminals, creating direct connections to regional destinations via fast trains.
Next time, instead of a long, expensive car ride to the airport—or cramming into a regional jet to reach your long-haul flight—imagine taking a fast, comfortable train instead.