Government Passenger Rail (Amtrak)

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    would attend a movie car if they had one and a recent release was playing?
     
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    Musk is out of that business for a while.
     
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    only the car business; it could be a new venture that complements his battery venture.
     
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    (1) There are occasions when getting There fast is not so important. I am retired, as is - seemingly - about half the country. An extra day or two on the road means nothing to me, and if the scenery is good, so much the better.

    (2) If the train was an enjoyable experience - and it has that potential - it would be much more popular, I assure you. But its reputation as a third-world experience in the U.S. is well-deserved. (My experience with the MegaBus was actually better than the train, although it also has its irritations).

    (3) No need for a movie car. There is plenty of room and train infrastructure to put screens on the back of every seat, along with earphone jacks.

    (4) This is not rocket science. There are plenty of companies around (e.g., Bombardier) that can make fabulous railcars, with no need to advance the state of the art.

    If passenger rail was run by private, profit-making entities, I guar-on-tee the service and the rolling stock would be much, much better.

    I didn't mention this above, but we ended up having to tote our bags about half a mile in both Chicago and Denver, just to get back to the terminal. Seems like something could be done about this, although I'm not sure what.
     
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    The Trans Canada rail trip is supposed to be spectacular
     

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