I work for Amtrak and if I had a dollar for every customer that compared the price of an Airline flight to the cost of a Train ticket I would be retired in Maui! After I explain to them how much of their tax money is given to the Airlines and how little goes to the Railroad they usually lighten up. Just so you know Obama is pumping some new money into the Railroad and several high speed rail projects have been green lit and funded so things will be improving hopefully. Vice President Biden is a huge Amtrak buff so thats a nice thing for me at least. Virgin is breathing down the U.S. rails neck and dying to get its high speed trains on our soil so more money needs to be put into U.S. high speed rail development or else it will be taken over by a foreign company.