HSR is present on all populated continents save Australia. The CLARA proposal intends to implement HSR between Sydney and Melbourne via Canberra, as well as linking eight new cities along the route that are located nearby existing regional towns.
Whilst the CLARA proposal is one centered on the concept of de-centralising the Australian population away from our major cities into viable, sustainable and high tech second tier inland cities, the HSR piece is vital to the plan. HSR is the best available technology for the mass transit of people over the proposed distances in a timely and affordable manner.
Further, high speed rail will be the best technology available for the foreseeable future, meaning HSR in Australia can be a 50 to 100 year infrastructure platform that can establish the national interior for growth for the next century.
The benefits of HSR in general are well documented. Broadly, it is accepted that HSR provides:
Imagine living over 200km from the CBD of Sydney or Melbourne and being able to commute to the city inside 30mins. That is the game changer that High Speed Rail offers.