Author Topic: no progress with Amtrak for GAP / C&O  (Read 8333 times)

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Offline DaveB

Re: no progress with Amtrak for GAP / C&O
« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2014, 09:26:56 am »
Dave -

Passenger rail financial losses are a long and detailed subject - one that I have been involved with for some time - but also, one far too complex to discuss on cycle touring blogs.....

Almost all passenger rail all over the world has some degree of subsidy......
Excellent posting and I'm fully aware of what you say.  Even in European countries where population densities are much higher, distances much shorter and automobile ownership not as universal, passenger rail services are all government subsidized. 

What annoys me is that people here make claims like; "If the Europeans can have fast, reliable and cost effective rail service, why can't we?"  Even with their advantages, the Europeans don't break even on it and our logistics are far less favorable.