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Why can't we go back to shipping goods by train if trucking is so expensive?

Years ago almost every city had a cable car running in the heart of town. Car and bus manufactures and tire manufacturers bought out the cable car manufacturers and shut them down. They did this to make cities buy their buses and tires. These same manufacturers started making trucks and suddenly the shipping of goods by rail went down dramatically. Lines were closed and railway companies went bankrupt. Why can't we start using the rails again? China and India are expanding their railways as fast as they can. They are making their own rails with their steel mills producing the rails for it. Why can't we start doing this again? There are no rail mills operating in the United States and Canada. We should be offering incentives for them to get going again. This would help with jobs, the economy, the environment, the gas shortage, etc.

Asked By: sanderbud - 4/19/2008
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As far as I know, China and India also don't have a highway system as intricate as ours. Their interior infrastructure is much different than ours- they also have open air markets in their cities, local merchants who sell locally grown produce, and most of their population is concentrated in a few crowded urban areas... More
Answered By: Forest Basenji - 4/20/2008
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just imagine the cost of getting the railroad system... More
Answered By: WiseGal - 4/19/2008
 
The country's RR infra-structure (the tracks, switches, and engines) is not in good repair and does not have the capacity to take over for trucks. Building and rebuilding it would take decades and many billions of dollars.
Answered By: liberal48 - 4/19/2008
 
Um, I live by a railroad track in a large metropolitan area, and it is pretty busy. I see alot of cargo coming and going all the time. But it's not always practical to move things that way. It still occurs, it's just not the best way for most items.
Answered By: Meghan - 4/19/2008
 
Not cost effective.
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Answered By: feldwebel - 4/19/2008
 
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