Given the current unemployment rate, it’s understandable that the push for high-speed rail emphasizes jobs, but one hopes they trot out a few other benefits:
For a lot of travel, it’s faster than air and auto. It should be cheaper than air travel. It will help us catch up with other industrialized nations that we compete with. And it will cut energy consumption, so we don’t send our petro-dollars to countries that hate us and fund terrorists.