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Response to NuclearDem (Reply #12)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 01:45 PM

18. Amtrack is a nationalized passenger rail service.

It exists because most railroads no longer wanted to offer passenger rail. Freight pays the bills and doesn't involve so much customer service.

Something that often gets overlooked is that US railroads handle a higher % of cargo compared to Europe, which makes us greener in that regard. Repurposing them to passenger service might be counterproductive.

http://business.time.com/2012/07/09/us-freight-railroads/

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