We ran across this article from the Sacramento Bee. Author Chris Ott is right on the money. We have been saying this all along, and saying it repeatedly. Politicians giving lip service to energy conservation fail to see the energy efficiency of a national passenger network. Those giving lip service to national security fail to see the need for all options for transportation to remain open.
Those seeking change for the better have failed to see Amtrak's steady growth and improved service in the face of tight budgets in anything other than a negative light. And those seeking political advantage have failed to see that using Amtrak budgets as a way to get more pork in the barrel doesn't really help home constituencies.
There's not a whole lot more to say, because Mr. Ott eloquently sums it up.
To Mr. Ott: Bravo!
To the rest of you: Write your Congressman
(Yes, I think Congressman is the proper form and is not misogynist. Even Congressman Heather Wilson from my district says this is OK.)
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