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Why Freight Rail Pays and Passenger Trains Flunk

evie10 Wrote: Apr 01, 2013 2:37 PM
While I use AMTRAK a lot now because of the TSA at the airports (I refuse to be considered guilty until proven innocent and refuse to bow to illegal search and seizure) and realize that it is a money loser for the taxpayer - so the only way in which to recoup some of that money is for me to avail myself of the luxury of rail travel. I know that Big Sis plans to change the TSA inspection status at the train stations as well as adding TSA on the roads but I'm hoping we get rid of her regime before she manages to ruin all travel in the US and so I still drive or ride the rails.
Colonialgirl Wrote: Apr 01, 2013 3:39 PM
Rail travel on Amtrak is TOO expensive, too time consuming and routes you miles out of your way in many instances. You ALSO have to change trains and wait hours for the next connection .
Flight Tampa to Chicago and return : Total time 5 hrs round trip; total cost $400.00
Train Tampa to Chicago: Total Time ONE WAY: 45 HOURS Cost ONE WAY; $152 (NOT including MEALS)
Chicago to Tampa : ONE WAY: 44Hours Cost one way: $152, (NOT INCLUDING MEALS)
Total travel time via train RT:89 Hours (almost 4 days assuming NO missed connections and ON TIME service; Total cost $304 EXCLUDING MEALS for 4 Days.
No THANKS; I'll take the Airplane.
comsense08 Wrote: Apr 01, 2013 9:21 PM
You know it's amazing the same folks who constantly criticize NASA and the space program for a waste of money, are the ones who want to pour billions in a train to no where. At least from NASA we got LOADS of advancements that have changed our lives in America. Can you possibly say that about a train. By the way liberals, how you gonna power it? Electric? Ah, gotta burn coal/natural gas/oil or nuke! Turbines and solar panels won't cut it!!
Forty years ago, American railroads were in trouble. The Penn Central, the largest railroad, had recently gone bankrupt.

American freight rail was technologically obsolescent and hamstrung by union rules and government rate regulation. American passenger rail was unprofitable and unreliable.

Freight rail was losing business to trucking firms. Passenger rail was losing out to cars on the new interstate highways and airplanes on long routes.

The past 40 years have seen a laboratory experiment on how to revive railroads. Government has gotten out of freight rail, while passenger rail has become largely a public sector function.

We've had a chance to...