A shill for the airline industry? Ok, I was having a civil discussion that obviously ruffled your feathers. So gloves off. Trains make sense, I have sat here and ADVOCATED for them where they make sense, but sorry if my opinion is over long distances they make little sense unless you intend to spend TRILLIONS of dollars in infrastructure for something that STILL won’t compete against airfares. While we’re at it why don’t we just at build fleets of “high speed ocean liners” to get us to England. The train owns less then 1% of the long distance market, and that 1% requires significant government subsidies to operate in the first place. And I have no doubt one day some technological leap will make airlines look like, well, today’s long range trains. This whole thread was “why long distance trains vs aircraft,”, so as a pilot yeah I think I can chime in reasonably.No, I’m merely countering your rosy best-case scenario with a more common example. Most travelers don’t have advance knowledge of all the various service shortcuts, don’t have a long list of rules and resolutions memorized in their heads, don’t have priority status, and don’t have security pre-clearance. What they do have are stressed nerves, tired kids, confused pets, and questionable luggage traveling through airports unfamiliar to them.
Out of hundreds of trips I’ve never once been offered "business class" to anywhere in the continental US. What I have been offered, far more often than not, are regional jets and connections.
CAHSR is not gone yet. It's been scaled back due to endless legal attacks and political sabotage. For some reason you keep ignoring this point and pretending it doesn't exist. If airports and airlines were under similar attacks they'd be just as difficult and expensive to defend from endless lawsuits and budget overruns. I could go on but you've made it clear that your primary reason for coming here is to bash long distance passenger rail and shill for the airline industry.
Buisness class domestic travel certainly exists. Look at the delta one network, the jetblue mint network. What I find disingenuous is you balking at priority lanes and premium travel while paying thousands for roomettes and bedrooms. If you want to compare a spade to a spade, coach tickets to coach tickets, see how you come out of you long distance train in coach class after 2 days without a shower. If you want to compare a premium experience then compare it to a premium airline experience. You cant data mine the worst of the airlines vs the best the railroad offers.
as for CAHSR, it’s “postponed” (basically dead unless you want to go where... Bakersfield?!?!) Its not political.... it’s MONEY. Even liberal wealthy California won’t pay its up to 90 billion dollar tab.
Lastly, I’m not advocating the elimination of the train. Simply put, as a boutique travel experience it simply doesn’t compete against the airlines on long segments. Short? Yes there are many scenarios where I use and will continue to use their services, speaking of which I’ll likely be on the bright line today.