Republicans will support trains beginning in 2020.
1.Gen Y votes.
Generation Y, the largest generation in history, then aged 20 to 40, have too many votes, while Seniors have fewer votes.
That the talented young professionals have all moved to cities with light-rail and trains, with "Brain drain" states such as Ohio, Wisconsin and others now desperate for college educated professionals to revitalize their state economies.
That most Boomer CEOs have retired, replaced by younger business CEOs who will understand that trains boost employee productivity 25% and that only companies with train riders can be competitive.
4.For-profit trains a face-saver.
The for-profit train scenario will seem like a face-saving way to endorse the inevitable, what by 2020 will already be fact. For-profit train companies like SCNF already know that high speed rail in the U.S. can be very profitable - - they have publicly declared it.
The 2016 election will likely be won by a 21st century advocate, with Republicans realizing in the 2020 elections they can no longer block the 21st century and that their backward-thinking is no longer politically feasible (votes and money). Both big business and Gen Y will force Republicans to join us in the 21st Century. And they will.
Photo: NineShift Co-Author Julie Coates teaching an online course while riding the train to Chicago. Across the aisle another passenger is also logged on to the Internet. It's why trains are replacing cars.