The Sacramento Taxpayers Association is hosting a event free to the public featuring Randal O’Toole, author of “Romance of the Rails: Why the Passenger Trains We Love Are Not the Transportation We Need.”
Randal’s book and important information is sure to help in any future fights against the Sacramento Streetcar, High Speed Rail, as well as the other kinds of wildly expensive transportation being contemplated or built in California.
Mr. O’Toole will be speaking about the book, including streetcars, light rail, and high-speed rail.
Like many Americans, Randal O’Toole loves passenger trains, yet he acknowledges that intercity passenger trains and — outside of the New York region — urban rail transit play little role in American life today. The replacement of passenger trains with cars, buses, and airplanes is similar to many other recent technological replacements: word processors replacing typewriters, calculators replacing slide rules, telephones replacing telegraphs, and cell phones replacing land lines. However, only for passenger trains has the government spent billions of dollars a year attempting to turn back the clock and slow that replacement. O’Toole’s book Romance of the Rails asks why this is so and whether passenger rail has a significant role to play in the future.
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