Expanding Passenger Rail In America

May 8, 2014

Amtrak's "Coast Starlight" en route from Los Angeles to Seattle. The train stops in Redding, Klamath Falls, and Eugene.

If the "Back to the Future" movies had been correct, we'd have flying cars by now. 

But we don't even have true high-speed trains in America… Amtrak's 150 mph "Acela" on the East Coast does not quite count. 

But trains do have plenty of fans, and more riders with each passing year. 

Amtrak, the national passenger railroad, celebrates National Train Day on Saturday. 

We observe the occasion by bringing in a member of the National Association of Railroad Passengers to discuss the many issues facing travel by train in America.