Reader comment on: GE's High Speed Rail Angle
Submitted by ben (United States), Feb 9, 2011 15:36
The northeast corridor is a parking lot on I-95 a good part of the day each and every day. Can you imagine if rail lines were not subsidized and all those commuters had to drive instead? Commerce would slow considerably. The point is that subsidizing rail is not about some romantic vision of train travel, but it is a way to ease the flow of people and materials, which allow our economy to function. Stossel's take on rail travel is one dimensional. Railroads (like highways) are a public good and should be supported with public money.
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The Future of Capitalism replies:
Maybe they'd carpool, take buses, or telecommute. Or move closer to work.
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