After intelligence gathered at Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan revealed al-Qaida thought about attacking trains in the United States, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said that like we do for airplanes, the name of anyone who rides a train should be checked against a "no-ride" list.
Of course, if you look at the ridership numbers, it would appear that the vast majorities of Americans are already on some sort of "no ride" list.
And looking at the numbers and the sure-fire money loser that Amtrak has become, if we simply get rid of Amtrak, we save tax-payer dollars and eliminate a terrorist threat. It's a win-win, people!
We've taken Amtrak twice - both times up to Orange County from down here in San Diego and aside from the bar car, there was no inherent advantage that we saw to taking the train.
You may be familiar with our preferred mode of transportation...
We're tight with the director of operations as well as the chief security officer, so matters such as departure/arrival times and any such "no ride" lists have never been an issue.