Sunday, March 20, 2011
Amtrak CEO ditches "high speed" train for a car
Yesterday America's highest speed rail line, Amtrak's Acela, broke down in Baltimore stranding the company's CEO and the reporter he was travelling with. Ironically they were en route to the ceremonial ribbon cutting of Wilmington, Delaware's recently renovated train station. It was being renamed in honor of Vice President and former Delaware Senator Joe Biden who helped shower it with stimulus funds.
After determining that he couldn't get to the train station by train, Amtrak's CEO finished his journey with an evil, sprawl-inducing, gas-guzzling, congestion-creating, but always reliable private automobile. Perhaps that's what new urbanists really mean by the term "automobile dependency".
Full story here.