I came across a great article the other day, reporting that there has been a dramatic surge in people making use of Trains to get from one city to another. It was reported that statistically, a train an move a person a mile and use 17+percent less fuel to do it over the automobile, and about 32 percent less fuel than planes. One has to wonder why more of us don't use Trains. The answer to THAT is--- Amtrak is losing about a billion dollars a year, congress insists that Amtrak should do what it has to become cost effective----to do so, it has cut routes, cut schedules, minimized ordering new equipments so that today, with a sudden surge of increased traffic, our passenger rail system is unable to meet the demand.
Like most congress over-sight programs, (instigated by our friends the liberals who feel the government should oversee all aspects of our lives) they have allowed the railroads to fall in dis-use, as such the industry that builds the equipments to keep the railroads running as shrunk, now, its almost impossible for the railroads to grow to meet the demand fast enough. Maybe if we can wake up our elected flunkies in the congress, we can recreate the excitement that JFK created with putting out the challenge of putting a man on the moon----h0w about something like "United by Rail by 2020"----picture this America---electric trains speeding between our cities and across the country, lowering our demand for oil, and at the same time, letting us travel to our destinations cleanly and efficiently----bring back the Passenger Trains, Like The Super Chief, The El Capitan, ----there is a lot to see at ground level---that you don't see at 39,000 feet and higher.