One of the president’s early dreams was a network of high-speed electric rail service snaking across the U.S. Apart from emulating nations like France and putting aside the cost of building such a system, which is considerable, maybe the administration needs to concentrate first on rectifying problems with our current rail system.
Amtrak is investigating how an Acela Express train to Philadelphia and Washington left New York’s Penn Station without 85 passengers.
The New York Daily News quoted one passenger as saying ticket holders were sent to the wrong platform, but Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz described the problem only as an apparent miscommunication “between the train crew and the station staff which resulted in the train departing before all passengers could board.”
Schulz said some passengers did board Acela train No. 2253, which originated in Boston, before it left New York about 3 p.m. on Saturday.
The story also reports that Amtrak trains have arrived late 30% of the time.
Finally, this incident is a reminder that whatever the government can do, the private sector can almost invariably do better.
Cross-posted at DeneenBorelli.com