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Joe Vranich is still alive?

It came as a surprise to me too. Absence does not always make the heart grow fonder.

Vranich has been around the block for more than 20 years, on both sides of the Amtrak equation. This time, he is in the “black hat” crowd. Here is the link for the breathless news release from an outfit called Reason Magazine. It is your typical bunch of neo-con crybabies.

The headline reads “Kill Amtrak Now!” The sub head might as well go something like, “Before they horn in on the aviation and highway funding.”

He’s selling a book, so let’s not promote it. Cox will get most of the press attention anyway.

Let’s not sugar coat things on Amtrak. A good housecleaning would surely do a world of good, but where would one find transportation professionals willing to subject themselves to the level of political second guessing and media murder that goes with that territory.

Amtrak is, in fact, taking a secondary role to regional consortiums and state operations. The diversity of passenger rail management is undoubtedly going to breathe life into a dying industry. Amtrak will live on because if has the labor agreements and trackage right, but it will not be the only player.

Vranich has nothing to fear from Amtrak.

Real philosophical conservatives live in the real world and understand that the modern world demands good transportation and government has a role along with the private sector.

Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy

One Response

  1. You do know that the Reason article is from 1997, don’t you?

    I would be interested to hear more about your theory that there is a role for government in delivering transportation.

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