:Long-Distance Trains Benefit America
Writings & Essays on how Long-Distance Trains help Americans' Transportation Needs
Bush Amtrak "reform plan" would destroy interstate passenger train service
Sample letter you can write to your elected officials urging them to reject flawed Bush Amtrak "plan"
Statement on Bush plan from Midwest High Speed Rail Coalition corridor group.
Amtrak Reform Council: The Myth of Passenger Train Profitability
Long-distance v. corridor trains: myths and realities (URPA)
Analysis indicates long-distance trains, not short-distance, are Amtrak's moneymakers
Long-distance trains: a strong foundation for future growth (Midwest High Speed Rail Coalition).
Long-distance trains are important. Critics use false figures
Money-losing passenger trains???
Why was Amtrak created? (from Friends of Amtrak)
An Open Letter to Journalists (Amtrak issue reporting)
journalist's view of long-distance trains (blog)l
Public support strong for Amtrak: Washington Post poll shows 70% support continued investments in rail passenger system
MOKSRail and rail advocates across the country believe long-distance trains are NOT lightly used & can positively contribute to this country's transportation system, if properly funded & operated.
Don't listen to the nagging right-wing think-tanks that believe Amtrak, which consumes all of 2% of the U.S. DOT's budget, is the source of all evil in the world. Groups such as the Heritage Foundation, The CATO Institute, Senator John McCain and Congressman Ernest Ishtook often lie and distort facts, claiming long-distance trains run empty.
The Bush Administration unveiled in late July a long-awaited plan for reforming
Amtrak. The "plan" however does nothing but destroy
Amtrak through shifting passenger rail costs to states. With many
states in budget crisis, few would come forward to fund intercity
passenger rail service. While signaling an end to federal
government support of passenger rail, the administration has not
said it would follow a similar course with competitor
transportation modes such as highways and aviation, projects that
the federal government has long taken the lead in funding.
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Resources for rail passenger advocates