Why America still needs Amtrak
From the Chicago Tribune – Amtrak‘s national network isn’t just an alternative for people who can’t or won’t fly or drive, or a joy ride for hardcore train enthusiasts. Passenger trains serve many rural communities that are hundreds of miles from the nearest commercial airport. In densely populated corridors such as Washington-New York, Chicago-St. Louis, Los Angeles-San Diego and Portland-Seattle, trains, even at relatively modest speeds, offer considerable advantages over flying or driving.
President Barack Obama has pledged the most significant rail infrastructure investment in decades. Some of these funds will upgrade existing routes with faster speeds, improved train control systems and more frequent service. The rest will plant the seed of true high-speed rail: the fast, comfortable trains that other countries have embraced during the decades when America turned its back on passenger rail.
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