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Why Freight Rail Pays and Passenger Trains Flunk

obmug Wrote: Apr 01, 2013 5:01 PM
Yes, it is grossly unfair, and probably racist, sexist and homophobic as well to unfavorablyand prejudicially compare Obama to unfortunate morons who, through no fault of their own, just happen to live in white houses
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...