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The New York Times | Travelers Shift to Rail as Cost of Fuel Rises

WASHINGTON -- Record prices for gasoline and jet fuel should be good news for Amtrak, as travelers look for alternatives to cut the cost of driving and flying.

And they are good news, up to a point.

Amtrak set records in May, both for the number of passengers it carried and for ticket revenues -- all the more remarkable because May is not usually a strong travel month.

But the railroad, and its suppliers, have shrunk so much, largely because of financial constraints, that they would have difficulty growing quickly to meet the demand.

Amtrak, as the article notes, has a grand total of 632 usable cars for the entire country.  That compares with 1070 for the DC Metro and 6400 for the New York Subway.

Pretty pathetic.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 10:49:12 AM EST

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