Posted this morning at Electric Politics, a podcast interview about passenger rail with James McCommons, author of the recently published Waiting on a Train.
You'd be surprised at how difficult it is to find someone to talk about passenger rail, probably because people who know about trains -- even advocates of passenger rail -- don't want to acknowledge that passenger rail isn't ever, anywhere, a profitable enterprise. Instead, it's a clearly socialized form of transportation.
Other countries are OK with that but here in the U.S. it's like saying passenger rail has got cooties. How sad, and too bad for us...
James McCommons evidently doesn't know that he's not supposed to talk candidly about the economics or politics of the railroad industry. His explanations for things are reasonable, easily understood, interesting and extremely helpful.
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