It’s nice that San Luis Obispo will have a new $35 million airport financed by the Federal Aviation Administration.
However, there is a more pleasant way to travel to and from San Luis Obispo: Amtrak.
The original act in 1971 provided national rail service, but no way to support it.
Amtrak’s funds are controlled by Congress. Trains and tracks are wearing out. Unfortunately, Amtrak’s current administrators fund trains in the Eastern corridor only. Chicago, the hub for the country, could use some help. So could San Luis Obispo.
Our expectations determine our pleasures or our disappointments. If we expect to enjoy traveling without time constraints or driving, and want to see exciting terrain as well as backyards that can’t be viewed legally any other way, we take Amtrak.
Taxpayers help fund air travel and highways; however, there is little current federal support for Amtrak, even though its passenger rate is rising steadily every year. Its administrative support goes only to trains and lines in the East. It’s a national railroad system and needs the same support from Congress.