But, when all is said and done. If this goes thru to fruition, how much true demand is there for people that live close to the rail hub(on both ends), that would work in the city at the other end, and have a job that is located close the rail hub?
But that's the method that is being utilized in this case.
If you had been following this project all along you would know that it is anything but well-planned.
The answer to that question is entirely dependent upon how it's done. Widening the Interstate, and building elevated express lanes in the Houston and Dallas metro areas, would do a far better job that simply diverting a small portion of traffic from the existing roadway onto a train.
As a matter of principle, your own grudging admission that there are better ways to do it shows you CAN think abstractly
Consider the possibility that tge world needs solutions to problems, it also needs constructive criticisms of bad solutions, not just "NO" cause theres inevitably someone married to the bad solution, and THEY frequently have the power to implement it, as such you must persuade people that either nothing is better than bad, or to discard or alter the bad to at the very least less bad
Bad solutions don't need constructive criticism, they need to be abandoned in favor of good solutions.
The problem with this whole deal is that people didn't look at the problem of congestion on I-45, analyze the data, and then decide upon the most logical solution based upon their analysis. Instead they decided that they wanted to build a train and then looked for a justification, and found it in I-45 congestion. IOW, it was a solution that went looking for a problem.
Well, here in Texas we already have a metal aluminum tubes that transports millions of Texas a year at 3X as fast as that 30 billion dollar high speed train does and the operators don’t have their hand out asking for public assistance. It’s called Southwest Airlines.
Why waste time taking a train when Southwest can get you there in one hour and they have over 112 flights a week from Dallas to Houston same if your flying Houston to Dallas. One leaves about every 20-30 minutes. The price is about $40 to $50 just about the same all in cost as driving in a 4 wheeler.