I think you're emphasizing the wrong word: train instead of auto. I just don't know why you're advocating more VMT, however low that number is.Auto trains have nothing to do with countering car-centered sprawl, they're auto trains, after all. And because of the space they need for loading and because the catchment area for the passengers is very large, the stations will need to be outside the central cities, by a major highway.
Regarding your truck shuttle idea, again how is that easier than just running an intermodal train? No need for beds or time-consuming and complicated truck trailer-on-rails maneuvers. That was tried with RoadRailers and there's a reason they're not around anymore.
@me_little_me why the angry reaction?