An Opinion By F.K. Plous, Railway Age Magazine; May 15, 2018
Why doesn’t the United States have a big, fast, modern passenger rail system? Many passenger rail advocates claim it’s because passenger rail has enemies: The highway lobby. The auto industry. Big oil. The airlines. They don’t want trains because a successful passenger train system would damage their businesses.
And don’t forget the railroads, either. The Class I’s don’t want passenger trains on their tracks, and they know how to make sure Congress doesn’t expand Amtrak’s slender and primitive network.