Re: [carfree_cities] Re: Amtrak Acela update, along with revenue and ridership rise.
- Nothing wrong with using government money to sustain the commons, and
mass transit is effectively part of the commons. Roads as we all know
never pay for themselves, and that's all right. We are buying access
through this collective purchase. Otherwise every mile of road would
have a tollbooth, and the railroads would be in the state they were when
the robber baron set freight rates so high that farmers went broke
shipping their harvests.
Of course, with more urban farming we'd need less shipping, and with
wiser choices in our transit investments--more rail, less road--we'd be
getting a better deal.
Mike Lacey wrote:
> --- In email@example.com, "Ronald Dawson" <rdadddmd@t...>
> > In a way Amtrak is already in a public-private situation. Public
> > trains-private track (outside the Northeast Corridor). Kind of like
> > London Underground, but there is a need for other operators and
> open access
> > for tracks.
> Actually London Underground is public-public right now (though the
> plan is to privatise soon).
> The national (surface) rail is private-private. There is one track
> company (railtrack) and a multitude of private train opererators. All
> elements recieve governmant subsidy.
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