Tagged: trains

Mass Transit Roundel 5

No Downside to Mass Transit

There’s no downside to more mass transit. Yeah, it costs money to build in the short term, but it’s an investment worth making. Despite the sluggish economy, America would benefit from more trains and...

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The Railroad Crossing From Hell

For a while my family lived in a small town named East Carondelet, Illinois. We lived in a little farmhouse several miles out of town, and we had to drive on a scary levee road...

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A Train Ride to Springfield, Illinois

When I was eleven years old, we lived on a farm in rural Illinois. My dad worked for a law firm in Missouri, and one day he had to drive up to Springfield, Illinois...

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Car Free in America

It’s hard to live car free in America. Ever since General Motors conspired to eliminate the nation’s streetcars, our national infrastructure has been built around the automobile. You might be able to go car...

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A Morning Walk

The morning coffee turned stale in my mouth. Right out the door I felt like turning back. A muggy wind blowing up from the Gulf Made me want to flee back to my bed....

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A Streetcar Named Matilda — Dallasing.com

As someone who loves history and public transit, one of my favorite things to do in Dallas is to ride the streetcar. The McKinney Avenue Transportation Authority (MATA) runs several historic trolleys through Uptown...

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Ninety Degree Fall in Texas

Fall in Texas is an interesting thing. After several months of summer, The hellish heat is finally at an end, And the city awakens from its summer siesta. The August heat here is brutally...

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The Commute

The morning commute begins at dawn. I down my coffee and stumble out the door. Stuck in traffic, I see the station. And watch as the Red Line passes me by. On the platform...

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Pikes Peak 2010: On Top of the World

In July 2010, my friends and I drove from Dallas to Manitou Springs, Colorado. While we were there, we took the Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway up to the top of the mountain....