On Directtv, you can find programs on just about anything including the decline of our railways. Train travel in the U.S. has declined over the last few decades. Compared to many other developed countries in Europe, Asia and elsewhere, trains are not considered a priority in the U.S. One reason for this is Americans’ attachment to cars. The fact that the country is quite large and spread out makes it tempting to take planes for long trips.
While subways and commuter trains are still fairly popular, train travel is not favored that much for longer journeys. There are exceptions to this, of course. Amtrak still offers cross country train trips. Many of the passengers on these trains are tourists and retirees who have time to travel.
There are also concerns about the overall state of trains and tracks in the U.S. While many other countries are developing high speed rail, this is still something that is discussed but seldom implemented in the states. Part of this is due to the high cost of such projects. Yet it’s also because many Americans don’t think about railroads as the best way to travel.
As energy costs soar, there may soon be more demand for quality train travel. Even now, some trains routes are being revitalized. Whether it’s for commuting short distances or covering hundreds of miles, trains can be a fun and economical way to travel. There is plenty of information about trains in the U.S. online.