Ridership on the upswing but Amtrak still can’t cut its losses. So what’s the problem? (Wall Street Journal)
Amtrak announced last week that it carried a record 30 million passengers last year. A banner year on its 40th anniversary of government ownership, right? Maybe not. It lost a near-record amount of money in fiscal 2011, with some $560 million from the feds required to cover its operating deficit. Why?
The next mass transit? (Wired Autopia)
Although it’s a promotional ad, this cool video of Virgin Galactic shows what it looks like as it continues to take steps toward launching customers into sub-orbital space. Flights may begin as early as next year.
Are American commutes more difficult than commutes in other parts of the world? (The Atlantic/Cities)
A new international survey on well-being finds that commute times in the U.S. are quite low compared with those around the world … half as long as travel time in worst-ranked South Africa and shorter than the work rides in all but three developed countries. But why does it make us feel so bad? The story offers a few ideas.