Monday, March 29, 2010

"Waiting On A Train"

While on vacation, I read an excellent book, "Waiting On A Train," which makes a practical case for a major increase in passenger train frequency and numbers across our nation.  The fact is that faster and more frequent trains could make a major difference in markets like Dallas - Houston, Kansas City - St. Louis, or St. Louis - Chicago where 90 to 120 mph trains (which can be run on existing railroad rights-of-way) would make the downtown to downtown trip faster than by air and take thousands of vehicles off of our overextended highways. Upgrading railroad track is much less expensive than building new highways and much less disruptive, as well.

I highly recommend this book.

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