Passenger enthusiasts might want to read the book "Waiting on a Train" by James McCommons. It is a comprehensive study of the problems with present day passenger rail service and its embattled future. Read with amusement how Texas proposed privately funded bullet train service between Dallas, Houston and San Antonio in 1991. Southwest Airlines fought the consortium tooth and nail, even threatened to pull its headquarters from Dallas and remove flights from San Antonio. Their sabotage was successful. Why would Southwest be intimidated by a 200 MPH proposed train when its planes travel at 350 MPH? Were they concerned that people would opt for more legroom and comfort, as opposed to their "cattleboat" approach? Recently rode in one of their sardine cans from K.C. to Fort Lauderdale. The 11 hour ordeal (from arrival at KCI to airport departure in Florida) gave me some sympathy for their employees who pack the planes with people who do not follow instructions as well as cattle. It was cruise ship season and loading excesss baggage contributed to the three hour total delay. I'll say one thing about Southwest. They do give you a decent supply of peanuts. Texas is a peanut producing state. Have been on some airlines which provide no peanuts or in one case nine peanuts in a foil bag. They also offered watered-down alcohol service for $5. The buzz created alleviated the back pain caused by seats which do not recline (in front of the emergency exits). Oh well, at least Southwest is politically correct in the new age.