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Learn your history. No major transportation infrastructure in the last two hundred years of this country was done simply by private capital. Local, state, and federal government subsidies were critical for initiating, sustaining, and completing interstate roads, canals, transcontinental railroads, and interstate highways. In the last fifty years the state has been the primary initiator of light rail, passenger rail, and high speed rail around the world, and in every case those decisions turned in part on a recognition that rail transit is significant for reducing pressure on airline and automobile congestion. Having ridden rail systems in Europe and Asia, the system between Boston and Washington, DC in the East, and commuting weekly on the Cascades line between Portland and Vancouver, BC, my wife and I can tell you that systems outside the US work much better and serve the public much better than the present Amtrak system in the US. It's easy be on the side of cynicism. All you have to do is say "no" and ignore vast amounts of experiential and scholarly evidence on how rail is a crucial tool for the future. It's easy to leave the mess to your children and children's children. If you're mind is open, however, start with a blog piece I posted last month at High Country News, follow the links, and learn: http://www.hcn.org/blogs/range/public-transportation-systems-come-at-a-high-price.
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