This is the most provocative interview I have read in a while. There is something in it for everybody to hate. Nancy Kete of the World Resources Institute comments on fast intercity buses, airline fuel consumption, gas taxes, toll roads, and high speed rail
Kete got somewhat on my bad side with her reference to American cities being too far apart for European-style HSR. Her interview did not approach the topic of incremental improvements for existing corridors.
She even takes a poke at the foremost sacred cow of American transportation.
If we made it clearer, like with pay-as-you-drive insurance, and with fuel prices that more accurately reflected the cost of building and maintaining the road system and protecting the fuel supply, which is related to keeping peace in the Middle East and keeping our access to a steady supply of oil and all the environmental costs..if the driver paid all those every time he/she filled the tank, we would be paying much higher costs all the time and would make different decisions about how much we drove our cars.
Your comments on her comments are invited.