According to a KU Benefit Study, we would see an economic return of better than 3:1.
The Texas Transportation Institute (Texas A&M) reports that the current Heartland Flyer passenger train produces $18,000,000 in benefits and it costs $4 million per year to keep it running.
Texas Transportation Institute:
Business and agribusiness productivity gains. By increasing track speed to
80mph from 60, farmers and ranchers get their goods to market faster and
Plus, when a business traveler is traveling by train they can remain
productive the entire time, working on their laptops and cell phones.
Reduce travel expenses. Westar Energy spends $1M/year on employee highway
travel from Wichita to Topeka and Kansas City.
Per employee basis (cost by car: $200, cost by train: $50)
Revitalizing Economies: Cheap, convenient forms of transportation improve
economic fortunes. When people can afford to come to your community they
bring their pocket books. If it cheaper to get here, there’s $ left over to
spend in your community.