Much has been said about the US dependence of foreign oil. I could envision a solution to some of that. Let’s reduce the nations long haul trucking to mostly local delivery. Let’s ship inventory that won’t spoil by rail and off load to a central warehouse in a big city. Then load said inventory on to smaller trucks that deliver to the retail outlets in the town or city. That is essentially the delivery method of UPS and Fedex. They use airplanes for the overnight stuff but no one would think to ship a refrigerator with UPS.
Over the road drivers would still have a place to ply their trade. Produce and things that are time critical would be their loads. Reefers, if you will. Railroads have reefers also.
This rail shipping could also bring back passenger travel also. There would have to be terrific amount of infrastructure built or at least rebuilt. It would also require a lot of smaller railroad companies as start-ups. There are at least 2 railroads doing this sort of thing here in Ft Worth.
Looks to me like this proposal would put a lot of people back to work. Construction and other trades would benefit greatly. Warehouse people would be needed and more trucks and drivers needed. Looks like a win-win to me.
Might be something to think about!