No, the title of this blog is not a new country duo--nor is it the name of my legal team. It is what happens with Passenger Rail in the U.S. with Amtrak and Congress, that singularly mismatched duo, running things.
During the first decade of my life, Passenger Rail was full flow. Post WWII streamliners came on line faster than Sbarro on Manhattan Island. No matter what the railroad was running things, a serious effort to please the traveling public and make Passenger Rail competitive with air travel and highways created the grand days of 20th century rail travel. The big ones come to mind. The Super Chief, The Broadway, The 20th Century Limited, The City streamliners, The North Coast Limited, The Empire Builder. There are lots more, but my childhood was centered on the midwest, so forgive my omissions.
The onset of Amtrak . . . yes, it had an onset just like a disease . . . brought relief to the rail systems vis a vis removal of a nasty red line from the ledger, but it wasn't a panacea, and Congress was as stingy as it could get. A subsidiary disease is something I would call Turn-a-Profit-Itis. Or make that last part -oma. It's a cancer that has to be cut out of our thinking about transportation policy before it kills the patient.
Ebb and flow continued as Congress and Administrations would alternately fund and defund things, install new Amtrak administrators, and boards, and decide arbitrarily how bad the "-oma" would be. Ebb and flow.
Ebb and Flow.
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