Trains For America

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Thanks for the great response. Your letters are very gratifying and don’t be afraid to post comments here. Contrary opinions are always invited and I do appreciate different perspectives. My way is not the only way.

No personal attacks. I won’t put up with it.

One of my most respected correspondents had a rather sharp reaction that demands comment.

On the other hand, that is one of my harshest criticisms of the railfan types who have no shortage of opinions…. they haven’t been on a damn train since 1979, but they can give you the full lecture on passenger demographics, travel patterns, demand or lack thereof, etc. Most of that hot air discussion is without merit.

Good point. I am now looking for positive Amtrak experiences. Drop me a line plynch@swbell.net. I promise to highlight them here.

More than one of you have mentioned the tension between long distance service and corridors. I may have caused some confusion in my post about capital needs.

Specifically, I listed eight “corridors” served by the Sunset. By no means am I suggesting to bastardize this train into a bunch of non-connecting daylight trains. My point is that killing the Sunset Limited destroys the only passenger rail service on at least 8 important city pairs.

This has become such a hot button issue because those of us who support sensible ground transportation are used to fighting over crumbs. Our system should never have been allowed to deteriorate to the deplorable level that exists today. Both overnight and daylight short-haul trains are necessary parts of a national operation.

Or, that’s what I think. What say you?

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