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by Joseph Vranich
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America needs train service. Joseph Vranich, who worked to create Amtrak, now nearly three decades later declares it a "failed experiment. It suffers from crowded highways and airports, making travel nearly intolerable. Amtrak's future is bleak, and Congress is demanding that Amtrak be profitable by the turn of the century or shut down. Derailed shows the way to the kinds of passenger trains that will make sense in the twenty-first century. Anthony Haswell, founder of the National Association of Railroad Passengers. Is there a future for rail passenger service beyond Amtrak's interminable history of mediocrity and disappointment? Yes, Vranich reassures us, but only of- along with Amtrak- we dump our self-serving myths. Finally a book that is hard-hitting, courageous, and chock full of new ideas.
Amtrak’s Joseph Vranich has been involved with passenger promises . age of terrorism high-speed trains.
Amtrak’s Joseph Vranich has been involved with passenger promises about future progress are hollow. rail issues for more than thirty years. He is the author of two upgrades in its New York tunnels-an issueadditional books concerning passenger rail service: of added importance in an age of terrorism.
24, passengers on the stranded train donned ski jackets, gloves and toques in an effort to keep warm
24, passengers on the stranded train donned ski jackets, gloves and toques in an effort to keep warm. Critics of socialized train service long have complained of being stranded by Amtrak - stuck with the cost of maintaining passenger-train service that continues to eat up public monies at a rate that makes Amtrak's promise of financial independence by 2003 seem to be rank dishonesty.
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America needs train service. It suffers from crowded highways and airports, making travel nearly intolerable. Amtrak's future is bleak, and Congress is demanding that Amtrak be profitable by the turn of the century or shut down.
Joseph Vranich, who worked to create Amtrak, now nearly three decades later declares it a "failed experiment." Free of his ties to the rail industry today, he candidly reviews Amtrak's troubled history, its loss of market share, and its ability to provide better and faster service. Vranich reveals how Amtrak trains on most routes are not only slower than American trains were fifty years ago but are also slower than some trains found today in the Third World.
Vranich argues for passenger trains where and when they are needed. He praises innovative commuter rail agencies, high-speed train planners, and long-distance "land-cruise" trains run by independent organizations. He also offers insights from other countries, pointing the way to a successful rail system in the United States. This is a blueprint to defederalize and liquidate Amtrak-- a bold and convincing call to kill a wasteful government system. Vranich shows how to smartly dissolve Amtrak while keeping vital trains running in the twenty-first century.
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