That was my first thought, too. Mediatrons are finally coming.
And it's probably a good time to start avoiding Hong Kong and the South China Sea.
Fast railways are great for distances like 400-600km (they are too big to comfortably drive by car and too small for planes).
Yes. I live in Minneapolis, and must frequently travel to Detroit, via Chicago. Here you have a string of three large cities separated by 250-300mi each. Driving the distance takes a full day which is very difficult with small children, and air travel is monopolized by Delta/NWA with sky-high prices. Even if rail travel gains us back only 25% of the time it takes to drive, we will at least have the freedom to move around a little in transit, visit a dining car, and not have to keep little ones strapped into car seats. Currently, Amtrak takes around 14 hours to go that distance and driving is a little less than 12 hours. I would be happy with a 9 hour rail trip, and the geography is just right for high-speed lines if it continues east to Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and joins to the more obvious east coast lines.
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