May 11, 2008: Amtrak

May 13, 2008 10:15:31 AM PDT
With motorists angry at skyrocketing gasoline prices, and air travelers upset with deteriorating airline service, News Views will look at an alternative method of intercity travel: Amtrak.

The rail service has set a ridership record every year for the past five years. And since October, national ridership has jumped 11 percent.

Our guests are Ian Savage, professor of economics and transportation at Northwestern University, who's also with Northwestern's Transportation Center; and Marc Magliari, Amtrak's media relations manager.

We'll ask about Amtrak's prospects and future, whether it's worth a federal subsidy of more than a billion dollars a year, what it's doing to increase ridership, its new security measure of randomly screening passenger luggage, and Prof. Savage's contention that Amtrak is very curtailed because it must share track with slow-moving freight trains.


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