We get fed up with all of the competing logic when it comes to the government bailing out the auto manufacturers while at the same time some folks say we have to stop building roads and advocate more trains.
We need a nationwide intercity government operated bus system. We can call it AMBUS, retool the car factories to produce a STANDARDIZED fuel efficient “SUPERBUS” to run on the nation’s Interstate Highways. We create work for the auto industry, keep funding focused on highways, and cut down on car trips.
The GUARDIAN thinks it would be a lot cheaper and vastly more logical to simply create a nationwide intercity bus network running on the highways. No need to build or purchase costly trains. Besides, buses could run where trains cannot–anyplace there is a road.
We think with enough political will, AMBUS could be up and running within a year. Truck stops may not be elegant stations, but we figure many of them would love to have bus passenger traffic–as many do now.
Advocates of rail travel think nothing of having government operated AMTRAK trains and every city in the country has a public bus line. We can provide luxury motor coach travel, complete with onboard entertainment and facilities just like those found in Europe and South America.
The beauty of the GUARDIAN plan is increased departure frequency and vastly more “connectivity” between cities. Some artful routing and schedules would offer express service with few if any stops between major cities and “feeder lines” from rural America to the Interstate Highway system could link small towns to the bigger places.
A major investment in passenger rail service is ill advised. Improving the existing highways and offering alternative transit with AMBUS on those highways makes good sense.
Trouble with trains is they cost about 10 times as much as a bus and depend on tracks.
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