ConstanceR46 wrote: ↑Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:15 pm
If you think privatization is the solution you're missing the point. Every great railroad network - China, Russia, Japan (for most of it's existence)... They were nationalized and government-funded. Privatization is a dumb idea because every other time it's been tried it's resulted in whole-sale gutting - see BR post-90s
The point I'm trying to make is that the governments of Russia, China, and others actually see the importance of having rail transportation and full it fully, whereas the U.S. government does not fund Amtrak fully since it is government-ran and even the state governments would rather fund a new airline or a new basketball stadium for a team who doesn't make the playoffs often, such as what happened with the state of Indiana refusing to give only $3 million of its $34 billion budget
. When I mentioned privatization, I was not referring to the franchising and bidding wars with British Rail, but rather brightline (Virgin Trains USA) a very successful private corporation which is able to order efficient high speed trainsets and offer exquisite service for their passengers with their modern passenger cars and stations. For further discussion of why I feel private corporations should handle passenger railroads in the U.S., please continue this on a new topic so that it does not interfere with this topic.
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