Iowa Defense Alliance: Passenger rail: Reviving the dinosaur
Excerpted from this post at Iowa Defense Alliance
In the early part of the century passenger rail service was the
preferred method of long-distance travel. Then along came more
advanced methods of transportation; the automobile and the airplane.
These methods quickly replaced rail as the most common methods of
transportation. This precipitated a sharp decline in rail service
until the 1970s. It was in 1971 that the federal government decided
to create Amtrak, the government sponsored passenger rail service that
we know today. Over the years Amtrak has proven to be nothing more
than a money pit. Amtrak has failed miserably in the quest for
self-sustainment. Instead it has relied heavily upon massive cash
infusion from the federal government to keep it operating.