Bright Times Ahead for Amtrak

Amtrak Chief Joseph Boardman says now is a good time for the much-troubled national rail system. Support from the federal government is helping the system grow and improve, according to this interview.

Boardman spoke with the Los Angeles Times about Amtrak's problems and where the system is headed. He also discusses the importance of expensive but well-used long-distance routes.

"These trains, which include storied names such as the Coast Starlight (Los Angeles to Seattle), Southwest Chief (Los Angeles to Chicago) and the Empire Builder (Portland/Seattle to Chicago), devour about 80% of Amtrak's federal subsidies, Boardman said. But that doesn't dim the chief's enthusiasm for his company's long-haul network.

'It is a lifeline for many rural customers in this country,' said Boardman, who grew up on a dairy farm in upstate New York. 'To make rail work, you need to have rail across the country.'"

Full Story: Interview: Amtrak president touts record ridership, long-distance trains (Part 1)


Build Your Own Paper Block City

Urban Fold is an all-inclusive kit that allows anyone to build the city of their dreams with a few simple folds.
building block set

NEW! Build the world you want to see

Irresistible block set for adults when placed on a coffee table or desk, and great fun for kids.
Wood necklace with city map

City Necklaces

These sweet pendants are engraved on a cedar charm with a mini map of selected cities. The perfect gift for friends and family or yourself!
Women's t-shirt with map of Los Angeles

City T-Shirts for the ladies!

Women's Supersoft CityFabric© Fashion Fit Tees. Now available in six different cities.