Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due


By Noel T. Braymer

Often it is hard to find things to praise when it come to rail passenger service in the United States. But lately there have been a few things to be happy about. Amtrak has its share of problems: many of them self-inflicted. But there has been progress in the last year or two. There are two recent good examples of this.These include ongoing efforts to extend the City of New Orleans east of New Orleans along the Gulf Coast to Florida. There are also efforts to extend the Heartland Flyer between Fort Worth and Oklahoma City up to Newton, Kansas for connections to the Southwest Chief. Now there have been test trains and lots of publicity in the past from Amtrak about extending services. Quite often they end up being public relations exercises and attempts to shake down local governments for funding. It has been some…

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