Oct 21, 2005

"We need a national rail system" [LINK]

My response to a letter to the Globe:

I was amused to read Juliet Bernstein's account of her rail trip from California. She complains that cutbacks in Amtrak subsidies caused "delays" on her trip, one that already takes several days to complete. These cross-country routes are notoriously expensive to operate, and Ms. Bernstein seems to think it's perfectly okay for taxpayers to subsidize her leisure activity. We may as well lament our lack of a national cruise ship system. While I'm happy she has the time to spend on such pursuits, I'd like to remind her that another way to "view great cities and see the vastness of America" is to take a bus.

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