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When I lived in Boston it was cheaper to fly to NYC than to take the train, even the non-Accela train. Tickets were about 200 for the non-Accela train round trip. What I usually did was drive half way to New Haven, CT (10 bucks for gas) and take the commuter rail into town (20 bucks one way) for a total cost of 60 bucks.

In other news, we should have a bullet train running from Portland, ME to Washington DC. It is ridiculous to not have better rail service on the east coast. It won't happen as long as we keep on subsidizing our failing airlines.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Wed Nov 29th, 2006 at 01:24:29 PM EST
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Why is it that subsidizing rail is evil but subsidizing airlines is necessary?

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 29th, 2006 at 01:26:16 PM EST
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The automobile completely destroyed the passenger rail industry in the US. Had the rail industry survived in any serviceable form we would likely be subsidizing them to the same degree as the airlines today, as the rail industry would have had lobbyists with long, deep ties to various politicians of the sort that the airline, auto, and telecom industries have.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Wed Nov 29th, 2006 at 01:35:27 PM EST
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Ironically, US rail's fall from favour was partly due to heir earlier strong meddling in politics, they didn't got the subsidies in the first half of the 20th century because that was then how politicians demonstrated that they aren't corrupt.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Nov 29th, 2006 at 02:38:08 PM EST
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