Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak’

At some point it should become screamingly clear to the American news media that people love passenger trains and will ride them regularly if only given a chance. The latest record-setting Amtrak ridership stats tell the story: Amtrak ridership increased in the first half of FY 2013 (Oct. 2012 – March 2013) and March set […]

Apr 10th, 2013 | Filed under Uncategorized

Passenger rail ridership is growing across America, on routes urban and rural, over distances great and small. Very little of it is producing profitable rail service, but neither should it have to. Every form of transportation in America is subsidized to one extent or another. But it’s rail that is usually held to a higher […]

Mar 4th, 2013 | Filed under Uncategorized

Over at the Washington Post’s Wonkblog on Friday Brad Plumer got some attention for a post titled Amtrak loses a ton of money each year. It doesn’t have to. That’s technically true. It doesn’t have to lose a ton of money each year. But so what if it does? The point of transportation isn’t to […]

Mar 3rd, 2013 | Filed under Uncategorized

When I first saw this NPR story titled High-Speed Rail Buzz Overpowers Daily Chug Of Freight Trains I thought it would be a reasonable look at the challenges that come in certain high speed rail projects that intend to share tracks. But that’s not what this is about: But these new projects could conflict with […]

Feb 17th, 2013 | Filed under Uncategorized