The Quest for the Holy Rail

High Speed Rail as religion – nice post on the problems with HSR forecasts, and the evangelical aspects of HSR promotion.

“Well, I don’t know how to refute a claim about what it’s going to be like waiting for a train in California in 2035. I have no idea what the headways will be in 2035. I don’t know what good it will do to see a real high speed train, either. I’ve seen some, I’ve ridden some, and they’re great. So are Ferraris”. … “No one knows how much tickets will cost. No one knows how much business travel will be replaced by telecommuting. It’s the future! We have no idea what is out there. ”

Note: title of this post from comment section of King’s post.