High Speed Rail will only reach limited markets.
Rural and small town economies produce most of the nation’s food, fiber, timber, and burgeoning bio-fuels. These sectors of the economy will remain largely beyond the reach of high speed rail. The National Steel Interstate System will have a nationwide geographic and economic reach similar to the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System.
Domestic tourism & demographics.
A truly networked NSIS with highway-level-of-service could also enhance the resurgence of domestic tourism and simulate economic activity among aging ‘baby boomers’ by allowing this economically important demographic group to remain mobility well after they limit or stop driving. The potential for more ubiquitous railroad passenger service, when the Steel Interstate ushers in adequate capacity, will be a major benefit for Main Street America. Steel Interstate freight offers entrepreneurs exciting, new logistical business opportunities, contracting with railroad companies to provide niche services for high-value customers.