Even with the bereavement discount, air travel was extremely expensive, Amtrak was sold out, so you drive 1300 miles. This was not an enjoyable experience! There were long construction delays in Indiana, constant construction slowdowns on the whole route and a $27 toll through Pennsylvania. Interstate hotels tend to be sold out in the summer, so you drive out of your way to stay with relatives in Ohio. Amtrak doesn't have enough equipment. This situation is a disgrace.
America needs privatized passenger service, especially with the hype brought on by high-speed rail initiatives.
Nobody's stopping you from investing your own hard earned cash and starting a private passenger railroad.
Good luck finding a bunch of investors to agree with you.
It would more lucrative to invest in one of the new toll facilities being constructed on some of the regional highways for congestion relief. The customers would make for a nice captive audience.
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