One of the things I’d like to see as part of the investment in infrastructure is the development of high speed rail. Why? Because it’s much more energy efficient that air travel. It’s more convenient than air travel. And for many trips, faster than air travel.
I’ve ridden the Shinkansen, sometimes referred to as the bullet train, in Japan, and it is awesome. It putters along at a cool 300 km/h. It’s quiet, it’s comfortable, and it’s fast. Plus you can buy beer and dried squid snacks on the train!
It would only make sense to implement this on high traffic routes, most likely along the coasts. But it would be a great way to reduce our energy usage and generate permanent jobs.