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project because it could help stimulate growth and prosperity along the line. Thanks to Richard L. Bushman for the information.


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Join us for a three-day conference where we explore the world of railroad photography and art from many perspectives. Presenters include Bill Botkin, Shirley Burman (wife of the late Richard Steinheimer), Steve Crise, Tom Fawell, Chris Goepel, Joel Jensen, Henry Posner III, and Chris Starnes of railpictures.net. Register online today!


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Flashes Ridership on the DETROIT PEOPLE MOVERhas always been a disappointment. The line needs 20 million riders annually to break even, but has never even approached the 12.8 million figure predicted when it opened in 1987; some 2.3 million rides were taken in 2001, and 2.2 million in 2010. The 50-cent fare is likely to be raised for the first time since its opening, which was two years late and $63 million over budget. The fact that Detroit appears to be withering away doesn’t help the situation. Some friends from the Detroit area tell me that the best thing going in Detroit was the Tigers base- ball team. Thanks to Ken Borg for the news. The popularity index of the U.S. Congress


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among the American people is headed to- ward single digits due to its seeming inabil- ity to do its job. Meanwhile the nation’s in- frastructure is moldering (how many times have you heard that?). In WASHINGTON, D.C., the busy Farragut North subway sta- tion is high on the crumble scale and needs several years of repair and rebuilding. Espe- cially important is the leaky roof and repair to all escalators. Again, in the meantime, leaders in the House propose to virtually shut down Amtrak and cut back funding for transit by about a third. The U.S. already lags other nations in infrastructure develop- ment and progressive actions in transporta- tion. How much longer can the neglect con- tinue? Thanks to Harry Ross among others for the information and inspiration.


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