Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. alcors3

    alcors3 said, over 3 years ago

    Yeah, lets pave it all instead!

  2. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, over 3 years ago

    I’m livin in UK at the moment, along the London to Birmingham axis, and the rail and bus services are both fantastic. They’re both so-o-o-o much better than drivin and, yes, I have a car too. The world ain’t all one thing or all something else. Make room, make room. Public transport can be a fine thing.

  3. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 3 years ago


    Unfortunately, U.K. public transport can be incredibly expensive.
    The new tariff for an annual inner-city Vienna public transport pass (trams, u-bahn, s-bahn & bus) is €365, down from €449 the year before. London travel-card….? Just a Zone 1 is £1216!
    Greater London pop.7 million; Transport users: 1,107 million passengers in a year
    Greater Vienna pop. 1.7 million; Transport users: 2 million a day=730 million passengers in a year.

    Public transport usually needs a greater subsidy to make it viable, something the British seemed to have missed, but the indirect savings can be enormous, too, so overall the country would benefit; even if national taxes paid to subsidise the transport in London, the entire country would be rewarded with better services and improved economy overall.

  4. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, over 3 years ago

    Trains are not the answer. If they were Amtrak would not be losing millions of dollars every year. Government does very little well. Look at the postal service, Amtrak, Schools (since the Feds took over).

  5. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 3 years ago

    Amtrak is perfectly profitable and highly popular along the high-speed corridor in the east. Governor Christie’s veto of the rail tunnel was a huge disaster for New Jersey.

  6. vburke

    vburke said, over 3 years ago

    @Tax Man

    Amtrak loses money because they’re required by Congress to provide service in areas that aren’t economically feasible if they were really going to run it like a business. Can’t have it both ways.

  7. cwsprague

    cwsprague said, over 3 years ago

    What? Can you be more incoherent?

    The USPS is losing billions and our public schools are a laughing stock outspending the rest of the world with a lot of countries’ students outperforming ours.

    We need “better” people? Care to define “better”?

    And we need a “nonlethal” defense against what?

    Yeah, things can be better—get rid of 95% of the current DC Denizens and repopulate DC with constitutional conservatives.

  8. Justice22

    Justice22 said, over 3 years ago

    So, the roads we have are not subsidized? Why do we pay taxes on all gasoline sales? Why do we have local and state taxes for road maintenance and building? That is not subsidizing auto travel? As to the rail tracks not going to centers of population, that is what the busses are for. I did not mind riding a bus to get to the rail station where I rode a train traveling 187 mph. I hope you all get a chance to experience high speed rail such as China has.

  9. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    “Amtrak is perfectly profitable.”

    It might do you well to look up the actual data before making such a claim. If you look at the link below, (page 9) there is a financial summary that shows them losing approx. 1.2 Billion dollars.

  10. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    “I hope you all get a chance to experience high speed rail such as China has.”

    Sure, and if you look by the main bridge going into Shanghai you can see the 13,000 carcases of dead pigs they dumped into the main waterway going to the city. Go to Europe, they also have high speed rail and it’s cheaper to fly there.

  11. TKOP

    TKOP said, over 3 years ago

    Governor Moonbeam strikes again!

  12. saywhatwhat

    saywhatwhat said, over 3 years ago

    You said, “High Speed rail corridors are by necessity exclusionary zones. There is no more efficient way to divide communities, road, trails wildlife, people this is mitigated only by very expensive tunnels and over passes. (How many per mile?)”

    I don’t usually say this, but, LOL!! And “freeways”? What about “freeways”?

    And BTW, “freeways” don’t “turn a profit” either. Where properly supported (and not undermined with huge subsidies for excessive road systems, rail systems are not only effective and efficient, but profitable.

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