This is a guest contribution by Tom Hargrave
I’m sure you’ve seen the AMTRAK commercials lately. Having fond memories of traveling just about anywhere in Germany by train, I decided to see what the service really offered.
And since I already travel between Huntsville, AL and Milwaukee, WI, I decided to see what a AMTRAK trip would cost me in time and money.
The cost was about the same as a plane ride – $351.00, but then I looked at the time it would take to travel from here to Milwaukee.
For starts, I would have to drive down to Birmingham, AL and add 2 hours for the trip.
But things get far worse from there.
The AMTRAK route starts with a 18.5 hour train ride from Birmingham to Washington, DC and that’s only day 1!
On day 2, I would take another 18 (OK, 17 hour, 40 minute) train ride from Washington DC to Chicago, IL.
And finally on day 3, I would take a 1.5 hour ride from Chicago, IL to Milwaukee, WI!
AMTRAK is just another fine example of our Federal tax dollars at work!