Originally Posted by ardecila
You said "rail will never be economically viable anywhere
", not "rail will never be economically viable in Florida
". Obviously it is economically viable in some places, including the Midwest, if travel times are fast enough.
My apologies for ignoring the one line in the country that is turning anything that can be considered a reasonable profit, and the other that is just barely past breaking even in order to provide rhetorical flourish.
I'll save my opinions for high speed rail for one of the transit threads if I ever care to get into arguments about rainbows and unicorns with you guys, but suffice it to say, as Amtrak's own numbers show, the ridership needs to be immense to begin with, and it's most definitely not a Field of Dreams, "if you build it they will come" type of transportation alternative that builds communities (Sturtevant, anyone?).
Off topic rant over.