Friday, July 20, 2007

Trains for America

I have started a new internet project directed at promoting the benefits of passenger trains. It’s a blog called “Trains for America.” No sentimentalism about the so-called “good old days” of the Super Chief and the Twentieth Century Limited. Those days are done, but we still need good passenger trains.

Truckers and airlines just hate the idea, believing that providing proper funding for Amtrak cuts into their little taxpayer funded playhouse. In the immortal words of Rodney King, can’t we all get along?

Nothing could ever diminish our highway system, although the skies over major population areas are getting very busy. Putting more trips on faster trains over highly populated corridors makes a lot of sense. Amtrak needs some stable management and funding. Any company whose primary mission is an annual battle to survive is not going to be very successful at accomplishing the mission.

There are not too many trains out in this part of the country, but reliable passenger service would make a big difference to small towns. Anyway the web address is, trains-4-america.wordpress.com. Check it out and tell me what you think.

(Broadcast July 19, 2007)

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