High Speed Rail: What You Should Know!
by William (Bill) C. McElroy (Author)
Tourism by High Speed Rail
The United States of America is one of the most visited destinations for worldwide tourism, and most of the foreign tourist spend a thousand or more dollars on airfare, rental cars, motels, restaurants, entry tickets, gifts, etc., when visiting. The vast majority of these 'foreign' tourist are from countries like Japan, China, and Europe that has had U.S.A. designed (originally) HSR systems, and therefore are familiar with 'riding the rails'.
These tourist are on strict timetables and do NOT have the time to drive many hours or days between U.S.A. tour locations, this is especially true of the American Southwest, where our National Parks (NPS) are few and far between.
Our airlines cater to our Business communities, and NOT to our tourist industry, therefore places like Tucson, Benson, Willcox, Tombstone, Sierra Vista, and Douglas, Arizona are NOT fully or at all served by most direct flight airlines, or any airline. There is Amtrak rail and there was in the past rail services to these popular tourist locations, but in most instances no longer.
A HSR People Mover System (HSRPMS) would open up these areas to tens of thousands of additional American and Foreign Tourist, thus bringing in millions of extra dollars to the local economies each year.
There are 'tourist' loops throughout the U.S.A., i.e., the Grand Circle Loop of the American Southwest that covers the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park, the Grand Canyon (North Rim), Zion National Park, and Lake Powell.