We still need to see what impact self-driving trucks will have on freight railroads, especially such sectors as containers and piggy back where the railroad's advantage lies in personnel productivity rather than actual simplicity.Nice report. We can only wonder what that cost the taxpayer. IMO, we will see high speed commuter rail in the near future. As the population grows, there will be more people that travel from the suburbs into the major cities for work. Providing a fast way to commute is in our future. I also believe that the private railroads will get into this business as there is only so far that you can go with freight. As pipelines replace the oil trains this scenario may become more likely..
If every rail study resulted in a rail system, this country would have more rail/mile than anywhere else.The Vancouver to Seattle HSR route has secured funding from British Columbia and the State of Washington for an in-depth feasibility study.