By James McCommons
During the tumultuous yr of 2008--when gasoline costs reached $4 a gallon, Amtrak set ridership documents, and a commuter teach collided with a freight educate in California--journalist James McCommons spent a 12 months on America's trains, chatting with the folk who trip and paintings the rails all through a lot of the Amtrak method. geared up round those rail trips, Waiting on a Train is equivalent components commute narrative, own memoir, and investigative journalism.
Readers meet the historians, railroad executives, transportation officers, politicians, govt regulators, railroad lobbyists, and passenger-rail advocates who're rallying round an easy query: Why has the best railroad country on the planet grew to become its again at the very type of transportation that made smooth existence and mobility possible?
Distrust of railroads within the 19th century, overregulation within the 20th, and heavy executive subsidies for airports and roads have left the rustic with a skeletal intercity passenger-rail procedure. Amtrak has persevered for many years, and but didn't prosper because of an absence of political and monetary help and an uneasy dating with the large, last railroads.
While using the rails, McCommons explores how the rustic may perhaps stream passenger rail ahead in America--and what function executive should still play in growing and investment mass-transportation structures. opposed to the backdrop of the nation's stimulus application, he explores what it is going to take to construct high-speed trains and transportation networks, and whilst the promise of rail should be discovered in America.