This is a rational conversation about good transportation. Much of the public policy discussion centers on the emotions of hard-core “railfans” and greedy corporate interests. The great trains of the 1940’s are dead and gone forever, but America still needs passenger trains for business and personal travel. So far, airlines, highways, and trucking special interests have monopolized the debate. Interstate highways are an essential part of our transportation system, but that’s obvious. Air travel is convenient and cheap. Reliable trains ought to be an option for intermediate length trips and under-served rural areas. Americans should enjoy the same travel options other nations take for granted.
I am Pat Lynch, an Arkansas broadcaster and freelance columnist in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. I have been in broadcasting for 38 years, the last 24 spent in Little Rock. My “other” blog, Lynch at Large, is devoted to Arkansas news and politics of all sorts. Your comments and reactions to the posts are valuable, so do feel free to take an active role. You may always send me a news tip or comment.
My name is Logan Nash, I’m a college student from Knoxville, TN. I spent my entire childhood living in Knoxville, where the car is king and trains are a fantasy. So as I child, when my family visited London, I was blown away when I discovered that we were able to travel the whole city, and indeed, country, without ever having to step inside an automobile. Ever since then I’ve been interested in transportation alternatives, especially rail transportation. I’m currently attending Carleton College in Northfield, MN, and am possibly considering a career in transportation or urban planning. Feel free to send me an e-mail; I try and keep up with rail developments in both Minnesota and Tennessee, and would be happy to talk.