This Is Why California's High Speed Rail Is The Best Public Works Project In The United States
California high-speed rail project (HSR) has survived political battles and budget shortfalls.
High speed rail could change the face of California. PHOTO: Edward, CC license
Driving from San Francisco to L.A. takes 5 hours at a minimum, and it ends up being more like 6 most of the time (ten if you are foolish enough to do the drive on the Sunday after Thanksgiving). The drive can go by painlessly enough if you have some good podcasts, but it's not a drive anyone does for pleasure (highway 5 is boring). While it's not known how much train tickets will cost, the drive takes a full tank of gas in a Prius and twice that in an SUV. Factor in time saved and comfort gained and many drivers will choose the train.
4. Many will choose the train over a plane as well.
Flying is the most environmentally destructive action most of us do. The high speed rail line between L.A. and S.F. will be fueled by renewable power. The plane from SFO to LAX takes an hour and fifteen minutes to high speed rail's three hours, but rail will make some of that time back, assuming that passengers don't have to arrive an hour before their trip. A round-trip plane ticket costs around $160. High speed rail will likely be cheaper.