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It can a good training for me as well. Glad to see your blog.


We have a fantastic public transport system in England, the best way to travel around London is via tube, unfortunately this system doesn't seem to rub off with the trains, they are always late.

D. P. Lubic

A few of more samples:

This job looks awfully big, and those other guys look to be winning, at least for now--and they have been, for decades.

Me, I tried with what I had, and it wasn't good enough. All that happened was that I got 30 years older.

How are we supposed to win against such forces in any reasonable time, if we can win at all?

D. P. Lubic

That car ad exemplifies the problem we have here. There are very powerful interests that do not want to see rail in any way, shape, or form. They have money to buy people, and they are willing to be untruthful, and they get enough suckers to believe in their lies.

Some other comments from other sources to give you an idea of what rail advocates are up against:

Notable quote from one of the comments that follow:

"Gets so tiring having to work so hard.... (12+ / 0-)
....against constant opposition just to get to the level of other industrialized countries.

Why do conservatives hate progress so much?

Ideology is an excuse to ignore common sense.

by Bush Bites on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 05:51:57 PM PDT"

"Because the 1percenters ... (10+ / 0-)
... became the 1percenters on the back of the status quo.

"Change"="bad" when the status quo does so well be you.

For the 98percenters, hanging on for dear life to an outmoded economy that cannot be maintained over the coming generation should no be so appealing, but making that case in a "sensorium" owned by the 1percenters can be tricky.

by BruceMcF on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 05:57:14 PM PDT"

"Conservatives have wanted a crippled Amtrak for many many years. They don't really want it to go away; they just want it to be a failure. That way, it can serve as their perfect example that government cannot do anything right.

Recently Obama-Biden-LaHood and team proposed a series of investments in many places across the country. Some of the proposals were for HSR at speeds comparable to the routes in European countries, well over 150 mph. But these HSR routes, like CAHSR L.A.-S.F., would cost many billions each.

Meanwhile other projects will be providing somewhat slower train routes, that nonetheless will be much faster than the current "Amtrak speed" trains that average about 55 mph. These H(er)SR routes would reach speeds up to only 110 mph. But by eliminating bottlenecks and allowing top speeds to increase 30 mph over the current maximum allowable speed, they could cut hours from several other city pairs.

So the St Louis-Chicago line is being doubletracked and upgraded for something over $2 billion, probably closer to $2 billion. About an hour is being taken out of the almost 6 hour trip time Chicago-Detroit, for less than a billion.

In addition, Amtrak placed one small order for 130 new rail cars. Recently another small order of new-and-improved passenger cars and locomotives for California and Midwest routes was funded with Stimulus funds.

Amtrak has proposed to order another 40 coaches to be inserted into the middle of the current 20 Acela trains, from six cars to 8 cars each, to increase their capacity by 40% and boost revenues by $120 million a year.

And most importantly, Amtrak proposed a fleet renewal and modest fleet expansion plan that would total roughly 1,500 rail cars over the next 15 or 20 years.

So Amtrak was approaching a point where it could run faster trains, add a few cars to the trains it has that usually sell out, upgrade the Acelas, and increase its revenues considerably. Maybe it wouldn't be such a big failure any more.

The government haters had to move into action with urgency, to head off any progress or improvements to Amtrak. For them, the great risk is for Amtrak to succeed, and thereby show that in fact government can do some things right.

Now the Repubs, led by Cong Mica, are proposing to scuttle Amtrak's order for new equipment, and to squash as many of the upgrades and improvements to Amtrak's routes as they possibly can.

Of course, the proposal to "privatize" Amtrak's best routes, and leave it with a collection of losers, will probably delay any more orders and most projects for improvement, at least until the results are in on Election Night, Nov. 2012.

by Woody on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 10:08:15 PM PDT"

I hate to sound so down, but I've been either watching or participating in this for decades, with nothing to show for it. It's very discouraging.

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