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May 27, 2006

Passenger rail

With air travel becoming more expensive, airlines cutting workers and fuel prices going higher, the solution to future transportation is rail travel.

One train and one driver can move hundreds of people safely, with less fuel, less pollution and less cost than any other mode of transport.

Instead of cutting money from Amtrak, as the Bush administration wants to do, funds should be increased to provide a separate track system between all major cities, using existing right of way or other locations. Passenger rail should not be on the same track as freight rail.

We cannot afford not to provide this service. The government wastes more money on the war in a few months than the rail system would cost.

J. Spielbusch
Independence

Comments

GCYL

"Don't forget that it took a major federal investment to make modern auto travel the way it is." - CRD

Agree. It will take another major federal investment to change this.

With the insistence by some that the federal government is nothing more than the collective "us", I thought they would enjoy the "our Ooops" reference.

CRD

"Now we're looking around and starting to say "Ooops". It will take major dollars to get past our "Ooops"."

Don't forget that it took a major federal investment to make modern auto travel the way it is.

GCYL

"IMO construction costs for such a system would be in the trillions and the construction would take years, perhaps decades." - Engineer

That was my thought also. However, I agree with the over all thought of J. Spielbusch's letter. The passenger train system lost over the years to faster (and still cheaper) planes and the loss of city street cars for personal cars. Now we're looking around and starting to say "Ooops". It will take major dollars to get past our "Ooops".

Engineer

GCYL
One can only guess that the letter writer is unfamiliar with construction in general and railroad construction in particular. The physical disruption and environmental impact that attempting to create a "passenger only" rail system would bring about boggles the mind. IMO construction costs for such a system would be in the trillions and the construction would take years, perhaps decades.

GCYL

"Passenger rail should not be on the same track as freight rail."

"The government wastes more money on the war in a few months than the rail system would cost." - J. Spielbusch

Anyone else see a problem with these two statement? What would be the cost of a national Amtract rail system free from freight trains?

Sammy

Has this guy ever heard of airplanes?

 
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