Source: Colby Itkowitz and Kathryn A. Wolfe, CQ Weekly, Vol. 66 no. 28, July 14, 2008
Gas is above $4 a gallon; airlines are flying less and charging more. So why isn’t this a golden moment for passenger rail. Which is “greener” and can move people for less? Because Amtrak’s crumbling infrastructure, high labor costs, and staggering maintenance mean it can barely maintain existing routes.