Originally Posted by Tumbleweed_Tx
beating this dead horse one more time...
1) you drive 30-45 minutes to the train station, park your car, and pray someone doesn't break in to it because train stations aren't in the good parts of town thanks to NIMBYs.
2) you ride the train, which takes 2 to 3 hours, depending on the number of stops.
3) you get to the train station, then take a cab somewhere to rent a car, since you can't get anywhere in TX without a car.
you might as well drive yourself.
that's why all the passenger train companies went bankrupt in the 60's.
Then why is there so much air traffic between Houston and Dallas? Isn't it the same thing?
Drive 30-45 minutes to the airport and park your car for over $50 a night.
Arrive at least an hour before takeoff to go through security.
Then get a taxi or rent a car to your final destination. Takes maybe 15-30 minutes less? I think that plenty of people would be willing to sacrifice that time for more convenience.
And why do you assume that parking will be like the current Amtrak Station? In a new HSR station, you won't have to "pray that your car won't get broken into."