February 27, 2009
One of the biggest downfalls of air travel (and biggest potential advantages of high speed rail) in our country is that airports are almost always located on the fringes of cities - making it particularly inconvenient to travel from a city's airport to the city itself. To me this is an opportunity to improve rail transit access to airports; by which I mean transit stations within walking distance of airport terminals. Airports that can be used as models would be both of Chicago's airports, Cleveland, Washington National, Atlanta, San Fransisco International and Portland. The ability to step off of a plane and ride a single rail line to the city is convenient, easy and affordable. As more cities build transit lines to connect their cities to their airports, one of the biggest inconveniences to flying will be slowly eliminated.
I hope progress toward better passenger rail service is made where it makes sense, and if all this enthusiasm for passenger rail investment spurs more discussion and action for local transit systems, then I really can't complain.