Posts Tagged ‘history’

This Week at Amtrak; 2009-04-13

April 13th, 2009 Comments off

Volume 6, Number 10

  1. A strong case can be made that often there is not a lot of intellectual honesty when it comes to discussing passenger rail in the United States.Different groups have staked out different positions, and they are sticking to those positions, no matter what happens to prove those positions are incorrect. Often, the positions make no sense either ideologically or realistically, but are good for membership drives, which accomplishes very little other than to fatten organization coffers. Read more…

History can often be read with many definitions

June 12th, 1999 Comments off

Originally posted to the All-Aboard email list

As a thought, both the Southern and Rio Grande stayed out of Amtrak in the beginning; even the staid Seaboard Coast Line wasn’t doing poorly running the Florida trains and many have said SCL thought long and hard before jumping into Amtrak.

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VIA in Canada

April 5th, 1998 Comments off

[Originally posted to the All-Aboard email list]

A gentleman on our list asked several questions about VIA service in Canada. Eight years ago I led a project that took VIA apart and put it back together again on paper for the purpose of privatizing the company. Our final report presented to Prime Minister Mulroney’s federal government ran about 800 pages, complete with timetables, marketing plans, and a review of union contracts, among many other topics.

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The future of Amtrak and the Board of Directors

December 11th, 1997 Comments off

[originally posted to the All-Aboard email list]

The major hurdle of Amtrak’s future in regards to Congressional funding and reauthorization has been crossed.

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On Privatization

September 20th, 1997 Comments off

For now, Amtrak is the only game in town regarding long-haul trains. As California has on many occasions concerning many other subjects, they have shown the way to regional self-reliability through willingness to tax themselves for local concerns. And they should be applauded for this. They wanted more rail, so they were ready to pay for it, along with the necessary equipment to operate services. All other areas of the country should take note. And, don’t forget the commuters of the Midwest in and out of Chicago have been doing this very thing successfully for years.

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