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Expanded Rail a Quality of Life Issue
Aired December 13, 2010
Commentator Wendell Cox recently gloated over the cancellation of passenger rail service projects in Wisconsin and Ohio by newly elected governors. His commentary attacked rail passenger service, but without evidence apart from his interpretation of the recent election.
Large majorities of the American public support more and better passenger train service. For example, a Harris poll in 2006 found that four times as many people want to see more travel by commuter train as opposed to more travel by car and nearly as many want to see more long-distance travel by train as well. Not long ago when Amtrak went from three to five daily roundtrips between St. Louis and Chicago, the ridership almost doubled.
James C. Pakala directs the Library at Covenant Theological Seminary in Creve Coeur. He holds three graduate degrees and serves or has served on the boards of the American Theological Library Association, the Missouri Library Association, the Missouri Library Network Corporation, the St. Louis Regional Library Network, and MOBIUS, a statewide consortium. He is a member of both the Midwest High Speed Rail Association and the National Association of Railroad Passengers. In 1975 he became an ordained clergyman in the Presbyterian Church in America and has served as a National Guard chaplain.