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Arkansas viewpoints

Arkansas State Representative Steve Harrelson on Texarkana maintains one of America’s great political blogs, and he keeps up with the transportation beat. Under the Dome highlights the increased prominence of Amtrak as gas prices skyrocket.

Amtrak’s enemies are well financed and as desperate as any motorist staring $4 a gallon in the face. Legislators continue to serve highway and trucking interests. 

Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Politics

2 Responses

  1. Allan says:

    I’d like to a link between Little Rock and Memphis … and actually take that line thru Nashville, Knoxville, Bristol and on to DC.

    But a simple link between Little Rock and Memphis would link two north-south lines without having to go to Chicago.

  2. Will says:

    Little Rock to Memphis is a logical link, and would logically provide rail passenger service along the most congested segment of Arkansas’ Interstate system — I-40 between North Little Rock and Memphis. Imagine being able to travel by fast train between LR and Memphis, choosing from several convenient departure times, operating on a schedule faster than drive time. Imagine being able to use that time to work on your laptop, read a book or nap. Sounds better than fighting with 18-wheelers across eastern Arkansas for three hours, doesn’t it?

    From the Memphis perspective, the service would provide easy, economical access from Memphis to Southwest Airlines at Little Rock. In fact, if the proposed corridor rail service were actually operated between Memphis, Little Rock and Dallas, the same “faster than drive time” scheduling could be utilized to bring passengers into Southwest’s major hub at Love Field, as well as connecting with other regional passenger rail services already being planned in Texas.

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