June 22, 2004
Train Train Go Away

Instapundit led us to this Telegraph piece that summarizes new research on the efficiency of trains as a form of mass transit. Turns out their nowhere near as friendly to the environment as we think.

While this is for the UK, the US will probably be even worse, as our ancient regulations require far heavier trains and cars, especially for passenger service. However, considering Amtrak only stays in business with massive government subsidies, don't expect any changes soon.

I expect enviroweenies roaring disapproval at a scientific attack on one of their pet beliefs within a day at most.

Posted by scott at June 22, 2004 09:33 AM

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The "White Knight" flights have me wondering... if spaceflight becomes a profitable private sector industry, would it inspire someone to compete with Amtrak? NASA's public funding has some similarities to that of Amtrak.

Posted by: Jon on June 22, 2004 11:19 AM
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