The Left is whining about it again [Link fixed.]. Speaking as somebody who’s actually used Amtrak in the past, let’s just establish this once and for all: it’s great for going from Manhattan to Philadelphia, Baltimore, and/or Washington DC… if you’re having work pay the several hundred dollars in fares that you need for a round trip. If you’re don’t, it’s expensive. If you need to go somewhere else than from city-to-city, you’re stuck. If you rely on Amtrak for a daily commute, you are smoking crack. If you have kids, then an Amtrak trip is excellent practice for dealing with the fires of Hell.
Bottom line, folks: urban types love high-speed rail because it more or less conveniently links the roughly .5% of the country that they actually care about. The rest of us use this thing called an “automobile,” which is a marvelous device that likewise goes from city to city; plus, you can use it to do such different activities as facilitate shopping, explore rural and suburban areas, and engage in emergency transportation. In a pinch, it even makes for an impromptu locale for fornication.
Try doing that on the Acela.