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United Airlines, Other Carriers are Doing a Fantastic Job

If you have been reading about US airlines recently, particularly United Airlines, you would think that they are all devils. Well, folks, I have news for you: America’s airlines are doing a fantastic job. Anyone who has worked with “the … Continue reading

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Liberals Fret about Failing Public Transit Systems

Here is an excerpt from PJMedia: Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Hillary Clinton’s running mate in the 2016 election, said the public should be “worried” about the Washington, D.C. Metro (subway) heading into a death spiral without the proper funding and … Continue reading

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Air Traffic Control System Must be Privatized

Here is a paragraph from an article on Airlines.org about Matt Lauer, the host of the NBC Today show: When NBC’s Matt Lauer interned for a day at (the John F. Kennedy airport) air traffic control in New York, he … Continue reading

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Cars are the Best Means of Transport

We can always rely on our market-driven capitalist economy to make the best products. Take the automobile. In 1908 Henry Ford introduced the low-cost, durable Model T and Americans bought them like crazy. A total of 15 million Model Ts … Continue reading

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‘Infrastructure Crisis’ Explained, Debunked

All leftist media sources are constantly beating the drum about an “infrastructure crisis” in the US. And indeed there are big problems but they are generally not at all what the media are reporting. First and foremost government is supposed … Continue reading

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Conservative Solutions Work, Liberal Ones Fail

Liberals are constantly identifying endless “problems” and then proposing “solutions” that always make the problems worse. Case in point: They see traffic jams on highways around cities at rush hour, which is a natural thing since cities are crowded. But … Continue reading

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‘Green’ Terrorism in Canada?/ Environmentalists Trash Mt. Everest

A huge forest fire has consumed parts of the city of Fort McMurray in the province of Alberta, Canada. The remote, heavily-forested region has been very dry and the trees are flammable pines. Fort McMurray is a relatively new “boom … Continue reading

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Myths about US, European Passenger Trains Exposed

(All numbers given in his commentary are accepted figures, reported numbers, rounded numbers, estimates based on facts, or averages of numbers found in research on the internet. They are chosen for as much accuracy as possible.) For decades we have … Continue reading

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Public Rail Transit is Overpriced, Inefficient

A researcher at the conservative/libertarian Cato Institute named Randal O’Toole has done a lot of great work debunking the myths of American public transit. O’Toole explains over and over that rail-based public transit systems (commuter trains, subways, trolleys, Amtrak, etc.) … Continue reading

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Railroad Safety Militants Mandate Costly PTC System

PTC means Positive Train Control and it is a perfect example of how socialism seeks to inject itself into American business even when liberals have no idea what they are doing (which is always). PTC is a computerized GPS tracking … Continue reading

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More Bad News about Amtrak

MSN.com recently ran an article called ‘To see why Amtrak’s losses mount, hop on the Empire Builder train’. In a nutshell it explains why Amtrak is such a lousy system. Empire Builder is the historic name for the Chicago-to-Seattle passenger … Continue reading

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Obama Abandons Iraq / Amtrak Update

Barack Obama is pursuing the most ruinous Middle East policy since Jimmy Carter. It is no surprise or coincidence that they are both Democrats. Consider the rise of the ISIS terror group. If Obama had allowed some of our troops … Continue reading

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Union Should Pay for Amtrak Deaths, Injuries, Damage

A unionized Amtrak engineer was driving his train way over the speed limit – at 106 MPH – when the train crashed near Philadelphia on May 12, killing 8 people and injuring more than 150. Nikitas3.com believes that unless this … Continue reading

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Amtrak Wastes Mountains of Taxpayer Cash

There recently was a photo published of the interior of a new Amtrak Acela passenger train. Acela is the high-speed, premium-priced Euro-type train operating in the Northeast Corridor (Washington-New York-Boston). The photo showed a lady passenger sitting in a luxurious … Continue reading

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High-Speed Jet Helicopters for Intercity Travel

For decades we have heard the socialists say that America must have high-speed trains like Europe does to move people between cities. But the United States does not need such trains. Even Europeans don’t use their trains nearly as much … Continue reading

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‘Bullet Train’ in California is “Green” Hoax

The state of California is starting construction on what is being called one of the most expensive public works projects in US history, a Los Angeles-San Francisco “bullet train”. It is supposed to carry passengers between the two cities at … Continue reading

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Private-Sector US Transportation System is World’s Best

There is a magazine called TRAINS which covers modern American freight railroads, passenger trains, foreign railroads, locomotive technology, signaling systems, US railroad history etc., every possible subject. TRAINS covers private-sector American freight railroads well but is constantly banging the drum … Continue reading

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Passenger Trains are Extremely Inefficient

I live in Massachusetts which is politically and economically horrible. My county, Berkshire County, is getting poorer all the time and losing its young, skilled and educated population as the anti-business Democrats ruin the state and local economy. Now there … Continue reading

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Socialists, Including Amtrak, Take Our $$$ Every Day

(First a quick note: Bureau of Labor Statistic numbers show that 288,000 jobs were created in June. Obama naturally is taking credit but it is important to remember two critical facts: Most of the good jobs are being created in … Continue reading

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We Already Have ‘Miracle’ Energy Sources

If you listen to these environmentalists you would think that just around the corner, using our latest technology, that there is a “miracle” energy source like the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle or nuclear “fusion” reactors or even solar power. Unfortunately … Continue reading

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Efficient Airlines Serve Poorer Nations Well

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that travelers in the poorer nations of Colombia, Brazil and Mexico are abandoning slow-moving buses on journeys over rough terrain and through the mountains. And guess what mode of transportation they are opting for? … Continue reading

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310 MPH Passenger Train in Japan… So What?

Here is a headline and a few paragraphs from telegraph.co.uk, the website of the Daily Telegraph in Britain, about a futuristic passenger train in Japan: Japan Tests 310 MPH Bullet Train – The new generation L0 Series trains, which employ … Continue reading

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Facts about Fuel Efficiency

OK, friends, here we go again. Barack Obama is saying that we need to “end our dependence on foreign oil” and is urging the development of more fuel-efficient vehicles including the electric car. First here are a few facts to … Continue reading

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Cars, Planes and Buses Serve Us Well – Passenger Trains Don’t

What nation has by far the biggest and most efficient railroad network on the planet? We are trained to reflexively think that the answer certainly is Germany or Japan or even China. But the answer is the USA. Our freight … Continue reading

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