Rome, NY Sucks

But At Least We're Not Utica

Sunday, February 13, 2011

High Speed Fail

New York is expectedly excited about the prospect of consuming more federal money on high speed rail. New Jersey's Chris Christie went the other way and refused putting the state into more debt when Amtrak could invest in a rail project instead. I think Amtrak sucks, but at least he's saving money.

Trains are kind of an antiquated technology. High speed rail is advanced train technology, but it has some of the same limitations. Trains are fast, but they mostly go in one path and all the points are fixed after construction. One thing Rome has is a train station. It's because we were a major boat path a century ago. We're nowhere near the Thruway and Greyhound doesn't even come here. We still have the train, though, because the train has no choice. Since it's a captive audience, the city decided to renovate the train station almost no one uses.

The train is good for one thing, though. You can travel to Utica's train station. They have a bus depot there.

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