Another Amtrak CEO…and flyover country


Commentary by Russ Jackson

Commerce, Oklahoma (not California) is a small town in the northeast corner of Oklahoma near the Kansas border, population 2,400 hardy souls.  This town sits astride the original Route 66 highway, several bypassed miles away from Interstate 44.  It is small town America personified, in what today is labeled “flyover country.”  Commerce is the home town of hall of fame baseball great Mickey Mantle, and it is a Mantle quote that brings us to the topic of this article.  In referring to his upbringing Mantle said, “I guess you could say I’m what this country is all about.”  Route 66 is much of what is right with America.  So is the passenger train.  The current question is, do the Congress and the Amtrak leadership understand this, or do they consider a train going through rural America to be superfluous in today’s economy?

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