Imagine a public transit system with all of the following features:
- One- or two-car trains that allow frequent service and scheduling flexibility
- Serves all the cities and many towns in a state or region
- Electric powered, quiet and powerful with axle mounted motors and power from overhead and/or a third rail
- Relatively cheap to instal, operate,l and maintain
- Electric power is independently generated and from sustainable sources only
- Travels between cities, but is able to go right into and through the cities
- Speeds over 70 mph between cities
- Independantly owned lines that are integrated into regional systems
- Low passenger fares
- Carried freight as well as passengers
This is not just a carfee nut's dream. I am describing a system that actually existed in most parts of North America.
The interurban rail system was built in the turn of the 20th century, ran for not much more than 30 years, and was dismantled by the 1930s.
It amazes me that such a system could be privately built back then, but nowadays we are told that interurban rail service is a pipe dream, is too expensive, and will never be practical.