That depends on how much the $8 billion pie gets divided. If it's focused on just a few corridors, we may see train travel that's faster and more convenient than plane travel between some cities.
"Some experts are pushing for a massive investment in the New York-Washington, D.C., route, Amtrak's most successful. Chicago is also considered a good candidate, with routes to St. Louis, Minneapolis, Louisville, Detroit and Cleveland. (Handicappers believe Chicago is a good bet for funding, in part because Obama and his transportation secretary Ray LaHood both hail from Illinois.)