- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 15, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

It costs about $21 and takes about three hours and 45 minutes to travel by bus from Washington’s Union Station to Penn Station in New York. The bus has Internet access and electrical outlets at every seat. It costs $74 to take Amtrak, with an advertised time of three hours and 25 minutes. When was the last time the train was on time? Which would you prefer to take?

Corruption at Amtrak comes as no surprise (“Amtrak’s ouster of IG puts heat on rail service,” Page 1, Monday). Isn’t it way past time to turn the rail line between Washington and New York into one big strip mall? We could refurbish the train stations as eateries, bus stations and museums.

If New York wants to increase its tourist traffic, it ought to lobby for this. In fact, if the city’s hotel industry could do for room rates what the generic Chinatown bus services have done for transportation costs, New York would not have a tax-revenue problem. The city would be knee-deep in cash.

SAMUEL BURKEEN

Reston, Va.


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