Shouldn’t travelers be immune to the sequester? After all, our mandatory travel user fees associated with flying are not dropping. Why are we being threatened with cutbacks in services that we pay for every time we fly, go through security or re-enter the country?
If anyone wonders why our air traffic system is in a steady state of decay, take a look at recent action and inaction in Washington DC. The 110th Congress punted funding decisions to the incoming 111th Congress with a limited continuing resolution that expires in March 2009 and a GAO lawyer concluded recently that the FAA has no authority to auction slots at NYC airports.
Now that gas prices have topped $4 per gallon, Congress finally seems ready to give Amtrak a reliable future. But should they? Is city-to-city passenger rail travel relevant to today’s Americans?