Not to be outdone by California, Amtrak wants to join the high-speed rail club: On Monday Amtrak announced a $151 billion plan to develop a 220 mile-an-hour train network through the Northeast Corridor, connecting travelers between Boston and Washington, DC, in a little more than three hours. That is almost as long as it currently takes to get from just New York to DC.
$151 billion. That’s quite a lot for the government-owned rail company. Note that the high-speed network isn’t expected to be completed until 2040, by which time Via Meadia hopes to be traveling through the northeast in flying cars— or at least self-driving ones.
Here’s a hint for Amtrak: Spend an infinitesimal fraction of $151 billion to make the horrible WiFi on your trains better (and maybe the seats a little nicer). If the little things get better, we bet people wouldn’t actually care all that much about the length of the journey. Certainly they wouldn’t care enough to spend $151 billion.