Train trips rise in Europe - Good news for Amtrak/Via?

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  1. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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  2. Peter T Davis

    Peter T Davis Guy Behind the Curtains

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    Yes, that could be encouraging, however the railroad industry is at a severe disadvantage in the USA due to the enormous subsidies the government is giving to the airline industry and the auto industry while at the same time reducing subsidies to Amtrak. The government prefers that we either drive or fly, not take the train, and they give us huge financial incentives.
  3. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Unfortunately, that is true... But in some ways, the subsidy to the road based traffic is the modern equivalent to the huge sums of money given to the railroads in the mid to late 1800s. At that time, it was often more profitable to build a railway than to actually operate one...

    In any case, the article notes that the Internet will solve all our problems and eliminate the need for business travel anyway.... Remember the "paperless office" prediction? ;) :rolleyes: :D

    Andrew
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    Peter T Davis Guy Behind the Curtains

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    Heck, the Internet has already nearly eliminated my need to travel. We still sometimes ride the train for fun though. :D
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    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Everytime I hear about the "paperless office", I feel like buying MacBlo and other pulp and paper stock.
  6. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    So you're the guy... ;)

    Andrew
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    When....

    Business travel will never die, because....

    People print out email.
    People do not accept phones/email/video as deals.
    Leaner and meaner means less people have to do more work because the rest are making business trips.
    Leaner and meaner means the people laid off will need to find work to help pay their quarter million+ dollar mortgage. And that typically means a business corridor. Hopefully with a train.
    People will never trust their subcontractors.
    People will never trust facts to be conveyed unless seeing them firsthand.

    Please add onto this....