Is rail the answer?
I really was joking about the small towns!
Though not about the isolation people will feel - really for the first time in recent decades - if the cost of driving becomes prohibitively expensive.
My point is that this hits Americans in ways the Britons find difficult to imagine.
A postscript though: a friend of mine who is a director of a British private rail company tells me he is looking for similar companies to buy in the US.
In fact, he is toying currently with buying a major suburban system which is up for sale soon, he tells me, with a view to pouncing if Amtrak is broken up.
Some may see this as an encouraging sign - a realisation in the outside world that there is a real market now for high quality public transport in the US. But the British experience has been - is it fair to say ? - patchy in recent years.
Whether British companies are in a position to provide some minor amelioration of America's transport difficulties, I could not of course possibly comment, since I have not lived in the UK for many years...
And the point remains that if you live in America's glorious interior, my friend the fat controller (that's a British thing) will not and cannot help.