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"The Americans keep telling us how successful their system is. Then they remind us not to stray too far from our hotel at night." - An un-named EU trade representative quoted during international trade talks in Denver, Colorado, 1997.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Train not in vain

Check out IPEzone for a discussion of the impact of fuel prices on railways:

Given that car ownership is becoming an increasingly iffy economic proposition with gas prices averaging over $10 a gallon here in addition to various other hassles ranging from unaffordable parking to congestion charging schemes, it is no surprise that the train is regaining its relevance. Both the Financial Times and the BBC have recent articles on plans by Network Rail to expand their lines in the coming years as people start boarding more trains. As the BBC notes, even the environmental brigade is on board.

Although that last sentence does strike me as a little weird: surely the "environmental brigade" would be the first to get "on board" (this particular brigade must be the marines of the environmental movement) for improved mass transit? Or are we just assuming that all those benighted communist Luddites will be hostile to anything that smacks of economic sense?

Anyway, wahey!

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