NEWS BLOG (WSAU) Regular readers of my blog know of my love of train travel. I’ve written before about waste, theft and fraud on Amtrak, which I can’t stand. It gives ammunition to train-travel opponents, and sucks up money that could be used in other areas to make train travel better.
My topic today is wasteful jobs within the Amtrak bureaucracy. Mark Mastro, Saunya Connelly, and Lilianna Lopez need to be fired immediately. It’s not that they aren’t doing a good job. Their jobs are completely unnecessary. Actually, they’re insulting.
Amtrak announced earlier this week they are launching three new web sites: AmtrakRideWithPride.com , MyBlackJourney.com , and DescrubeNotreAmerica.com . These are microblogs trying to get gay, black, and Hispanic passengers to try train travel. Mastro, Connelly and Lopez are the editors and lead bloggers on these sites. This is silly. Wasteful. Condescending. Total bunk.
If a lesbian couple wants to
Train travel is different – you
see things you’d miss at 35,000 feet. You’ll want to know whether there’s an
electrical outlet at your seat to plug in your electronics. (There is.) Only an experienced rail traveler knows that
the upper bunk bed in a Viewliner car has a window, while the “upper” in a Superliner
doesn’t. There’s community seating in the dining car – if you’re not a party of
four, you’ll share a table and enjoy your meal with strangers. You may not know
to sit on the right side of the coach for to see the Hudson River, or on the
left side to see Lake Pontchartrain into
Or you can just ask. On my train trips I love talking to other people about why this way of traveling is neat. And if we strike up a conversation I don’t care if you’re gay, black or Hispanic. Maybe someone at Amtrak can explain to us why they think you need a special web site.