Currently in Europe, extra trains are being added and are going out full. Despite the air traffic mess on rail travel, the fact that rail travel is still usable has done some alleviation to the air traffic problem. If rail networks weren't so strong, Europe's highways would be completely clogged(and perhaps they may be).
I know that a few countries, such as the US, have traditionally shied away from high speed or even regional rail development. Does anybody think the events in Iceland will finally provide an impetus for a movement to build up the US's high speed networks?
I'm thinking much more along the lines of Acela's Boston-NY-Washington triangle. Maybe Acela could be extended to Portland ME and include Baltimore and Philadelphia.
There could maybe be a Miami-Orlando-Atlanta-Charlotte link
Other possible links include New Orleans-Houston-San Antonio-Austin-Dallas-Oklahoma City-Tulsa-Kansas City.
On the West Coast I'd imagine something like San Diego-LA-SF-Portland-Seattle
I realize Americans like road travel, but high speed rail would be far faster. For example, high speed rail is the fastest link between Barcelona and Madrid, once flight waiting times are involved. I don't have any data on me, but does the world's reliance on air travel need a back up? Could this week's events provide enough reason for high level investment in high speed rail development?
I'm curious what you all think.