In Meredith Willson’s classic play and later movie “The Music Man,” Robert Preston perhaps said — or sang — it best: Read more…
It’s full-speed ahead on a privately financed, $1 billion plan that will launch fast, hourly passenger rail service between downtown Miami and Orlando by 2014…
The subject of Mister (Fred) Rogers came up recently and I was reminded of a lesson I learned from him long ago: Treat the person in front of you, whether they are ten times your age or one-tenth your age, as a real person, just like you. Never treat anyone “as a child.”
Volume 1, Number 1
The Third Century.
Historians and preservationists, cover your ears: The Pennsylvania Railroad was not entirely wrong in demolishing New York’s Pennsylvania Station.
by William Lindley
Today, March 22, 2012, Florida East Coast, which owns and operates the mostly double-track railway between Jacksonville and Miami, announced plans for the construction of a privately-funded, privately-owned, privately-operated passenger train system to commence operations in 2014. This will include forty new miles of railway between Orlando and FEC’s main line on the Space Coast. FEC itself, not Amtrak, will be operating these trains.
Regdaring the COMPETITION FOR INTERCITY PASSENGER RAIL IN AMERICA ACT of 2011
Documents attached: Read more…
The Cheese Sandwich Bill
The absurd myth of the First Class Subsidy just won’t die. Thanks to Amtrak-o-nomics, formerly known as the Route Profitability System, in which you add up every expense and divide by every income to create meaningless numbers, Amtrak’s figures seem to suggest that coach passengers are subsidizing first class passengers, when in reality the opposite is true.
After a slow August in the world of passenger rail, we return to a busy soon-to-be autumn.
First off, some unfinished business: Amtrak leadership.
We hear from the UTU that the contract of Amtrak’s President Joseph Boardman has been extended to 2013, leaving only the Amtrak Board incomplete for the upcoming year.
Volume 7, Number 17
Positive news for commuter operations, and ponderings on the future of high speed and intercity operations. But let us begin with two brief preludes; first, a short poem, called a “Grook” by its author, Danish poet and philosopher Piet Hein. Read more…