Future Of US Train Travel

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Future Of US Train Travel

Postby Gilbert B Norman » Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:51 am

Todays Journal, in a Journal Report section (sometimes with Features, the jailer forgets to lock up), has a transcript of a panel discussion regarding all modes, present and planned, of passenger rail:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-future- ... 1498010520

Here is a Fair Use quotation with regards to Amtrak Long Distance trains; the panel consensus is that if it is to continue, there need be a commitment of continual public funding:

..The Future of Amtrak
WSJ: Does it make sense to keep putting money into existing Amtrak rail lines, which are government-subsidized and often shared with freight?

MR. PUENTES:America’s passenger rail network is really made up of two types of routes: those less than 400 miles and those greater than 400 miles. The former typically enjoy direct state support and always serve at least one large metropolitan area. The latter represent the “geographic equity” portion of the network....If Congress wants to continue serving rural areas with passenger rail, it needs to recognize it as “geographic equity” and not expect it to run “like a business.”

MR. FEIGENBAUM: With three other modes (aviation, intercity bus and passenger vehicles), I don’t see the wisdom in subsidizing a fourth mode when the other three are largely (although not totally) unsubsidized....

MR. KUNZ: I hate to point out the obvious, but all transportation is subsidized. ....
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