In the north San Francisco Bay Area (Marin, Sonoma Counties) they've not been able to make a go of light passenger rail despite a whole lot more public interest than they have around here. I agree it would be a good idea; I just don't see the Scotia to Blue Lake light rail happening.<quoted text>
Best use of the old rail line between Scotia and Blue Lake would be for light rail. More people would use it than if it were a bike path.
Anyone notice fuel prices are up 30 cents a gallon since the end of the summer vacation season?
The second thing to consider is again, the state of the rails. I'm not sure if they are now even adequate for freight use. As for passenger use, that's a much higher standard and I'm sure it would take a lot of work and money to make that happen.
Truly I am sympathetic with the pro-railroad crowd. It is a better way to move people and cargo over land than what we have now. Europe as a whole was wise not to let their rail systems go the way of the American railroads.
But the reality on the ground is the railroads (especially the local roads) are in such a state, they would need to be rebuilt from the ground up to be usable. I just don't see the political will to make it happen.