LESSONS FROM AMTRAK IGNORED WHEN CONTEMPLATING PRIVATIZATION OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL

YUP! LBJ pulled the mail off rails to pay back his supporters. NY to DC would be faster by rail.

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By M.E. Singer

In view of the harsh lessons reflecting upon the intentions and promises in creating Amtrak vs. its outcome, and with Congress apparently ignoring the reality of history, I was compelled to address the facts as they are known, when The Hill raised the platitudes and issues over the privatization of the nation’s Air Traffic Control system (ATC) in “Senators Pan Trump’s Air Traffic Control Plan,” 7 June.

As Congress lacks a vibrant institutional memory; expert transportation writers in the media have gone the way of the stick shift in autos; and the public is led like lemmings against their own interest by well-paid lobbyists, a caveat for those now telling us how privatizing Air Traffic Control (ATC) is the best idea since chopped liver. To appreciate what will be in play when privatizing ATC, I suggest benchmarking with the rationale for and history of Amtrak, knowing how…

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