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RET complains about the poor ride quality on passenger trains other than Acela Express.
The reason for this is the lack of investment in our mostly-private railroad infrastructure. A smooth ride for passenger trains requires that tracks be maintained to higher standards than are necessary for the safe passage of freight trains. This dichotomy grows as freight trains get heavier and heavier, and passenger trains get faster, but outside a few corridors, there is no money available for this level of maintenance.
As long as largely-unsubsidized* and tax-paying private-sector railroads have to compete with subsidized, tax-exempt highways, there isn’t going to be sufficient capital invested in our rail network.p>I agree the Quiet Cars are a godsend, but I’ve not experienced such pranksters or jackbooted conductors as RET has. People more or less take it upon themselves to make the system work — a much higher level of society than you would find on the average airliner these days as people fight for prime spots for their oversized carry-on bags. br> — Matt Mitchell br> Delaware Valley Association of Rail Passengers, Inc. br> Philadelphia, Pennsylvania /p>
*Some railroads, particularly short lines, get funding for the purpose of maintaining connections to industrial shippers, because it keeps the industrial jobs from being moved elsewhere and because it reduces truck traffic on area roads.
R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., the libertarian-conservative-futurist, states, “I would not advocate the rails for transatlantic travel…”p>Sorry, couldn’t resist.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?