Here's another plight: living a 4-hour drive from the nearest Amtrak station. Flying is a must in this instance.
Haha, I live 3 hours from the nearest Ambus connector... and three hours from the nearest airport. I prefer Amtrak, but I will fly if it's necessary for time or logistics reasons.
I am one hour from the nearest Amtrak at Kissimmee. I usually travel a lot to the NY/NJ area for day long meetings. I have my daytime work to do on both the adjacent days to the meeting day. So guess what mode I use? I will be racking up some 30,000 PQM on United around 2,000 miles per trip this year just doing round trips Orlando to Newark! That is an example of a trip that I would have done by Amtrak if there was a true overnight service from central Florida to the New York area, allowing me to meet in the NY area from say 10am through 5pm reliably. Stretching it a bit I'd even consider 11am - 4pm, but given the current infrastructure that is well beyond the realm of possibilities. Maybe someday we will see enough High or at least Higher Speed service down the Atlantic seaboard to make such possible.
Amtrak is useful for me when I am on vacation with much extra time, or for an occasional trip over a weekend to places like Tampa, Miami, JAX, SAV or even RGH. With the new Gulf Coast Service restoration even NOL and Mobile become possibilities.
But other than that it is all by air, so much so that I am a member of every possible means to make it through TSA as fast as possible. The most expensive of those is the CLEAR biometric system which together with TSAPre gets me through Orlando TSA in 5 to 10 mins always. In my usual travels Newark is usually the worst in terms of TSA wait times. Fortunately PANYNJ has read TSA the riot act and they seem to be responding in various ways. We''ll see how that goes.
And then there are the intercontinental trips where there is no practical way to use ground transport of any sort. I have at least one trip to India every year which is something like 18,000 mile round trip, flying over exotic places like the cities on the Silk Route (Bukhara, Samarkand, Tblisi, Tashkent), sometimes even over Meshad in Iran, over Moscow and Ekaterinburg, over the Arctic Ocean and Svalbards, and Bodo and Nordkap all north of the Arctic Circle, and all this quite often with clear weather with spectacular views of iceberg filled oceans, high mountains, vast deserts, the roof of the world, Aral Sea, Kabul, Kandahar, Herat, huge rivers like the Volga and the Don, Amu Darya (Oxus), Indus and its five feeders, the Ganga and Yamuna, and what have you. Who says there is nothing to see while flying?
Actually AAF with a station in the Melbourne/Cocoa area and a SunRail connection from OIA Intermodal center to Orlando Amtrak or Kissimmee Amtrak, with good connection at OIA, would cause me to take the train more often for local travel. Naturally Miami (and eventually hopefully JAX too) would be nice to get to via AAF.