The proposed high-speed rail system for California will not reduce auto and air-traffic congestion. It attempts to accomodate an excessive travel pattern that it enables to increase. We should invest in necessities and amenities near home and community. It is futile to invest in a super-duper transport system to take overpriviledged suburbanites to their luxury destinations and office pods far from home. Only a fraction of those who choose to travel such distances can use the high-speed train, leaving the rest with no choice but to go by conventional means. Meanwhile the demand for travel such long distances grows.
Traffic between cities is not congested. It is regional and inner-city transit systems which need improvement and modernization. High-speed trains have too few stops to serve the greater needs. It will mostly serve an upper income clientele who can afford the undoubtably expensive ticket price.
Long-distance rail service in California can be improved, but high-speed rail is not the solution to traffic congestion.