Jim Matthews, New Orleans, Amtrak discussed on Marketplace


Powerhouse for Alabama. Giant cranes unload car parts and copper off cargo ships. Hundreds of feet long forklifts unpack iron and peanuts and trains that stretch for miles. Adams says a passenger trains sharing the same railroad to New Orleans would just clog up that supply chain. Yes, it would get disrupted if there were congestions or delays at the port. Most of the country's railroad tracks are not owned by Amtrak, but private companies that make a lot of their money from freight, Adams says. If one of those new, passionate trains delays a freight train, then the ship waits. If the ship whites that cost our shippers, But Amtrak supporters say there's plenty of room on the rails for both freight and passenger trains. Jim Matthews is the president of the Real Passengers Association, which advocates for Amtrak were operating so many fewer trains now that we used to, uh, that it's just unless we're talking about Tripling or quadrupling the number of trains all around the United States, which were not, um it's the argument really doesn't hold up. Both sides agree that tracks between Mobile and New Orleans need upgrading but disagree on the cost. The Federal Railroad Administration estimates it will be about 100 million in state and federal dollars. The company that owns the railroad says it will cost billions. It's more than just opposition from free trains keeping Americans from having a European style passenger train network. There's culture. Americans just aren't used to hopping on trains. Our cities are stretched far apart. So planes just make more sense there faster, sometimes even cheaper. But Matthews argues Amtrak and offer routes for communities ignored by major airlines like Memphis in Cincinnati. Those are significant cities, and yet they've lost the light Air service because the airlines just don't want to serve a lot of smaller communities. Even if Biden's infrastructure plan were to become law, Amtrak would have to spend a lot of that money fixing existing lines overdue for repair. Rather than building new ones. So the route to Biden's Amtrak Golden Age dream will not be an express for NPR news. I'm Stephen Masalha in Birmingham, and you're listening to all things considered from NPR news at 12 minutes to five. We're going to check in with Julie Depeche. Our traffic report starts in Fremont this time. That's where a car in a pickup truck collided. Southbound 8 80 just after Dakota Road doesn't look like lanes are blocked little slow from Alvarado Boulevard. Better news. Morgan Hill that four car crash out of the lanes South 11 at Cochran Road. You're back of starts at Coyote Creek Golf Drive East found 5 80 coming out of the Tri Valley. 33 minutes North Livermore Avenue to Tracy, Julie Depeche for KQED. Thanks, Julie. We'll talk to her again in about 10 minutes. Traffic support comes from good eggs. Support for KQED comes from Bluefield law, helping to make dreams of starting a nonprofit a reality. Bluefield Law provides a comprehensive package, including legal advice, All paperwork and applications learn more about forming a nonprofit at Bluefield law. Com. Two weeks after the mass.

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