Up to Date - 5/27/2010|
Future of Passenger Rail Service in America
In his new book, Waiting on a Train: The Embattled Future of Passenger Rail Service journalist James McCommons argues that heavy government subsidies for airports and roads have left the country with a skeletal intercity passenger-rail system, and a service that has failed to prosper due to a lack of political and financial support, as well as an uneasy relationship with freight railroads.
McCommons spent a year on America's trains, talking to the people who ride and work the rails throughout much of the Amtrak system.
Today Steve Kraske talks with McCommons about his book and introduces us to the historians, railroad executives, transportation officials, politicians, government regulators, railroad lobbyists, and passenger-rail advocates who are rallying around a simple question: Why has the greatest railroad nation in the world turned its back on the very form of transportation that made modern life and mobility possible?