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Thread #1567 Message #1048439
Posted By: M.Ted
05-Nov-03 - 10:46 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Chattanooga Choo-Choo & Shoe Shine Boy
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chattanooga Choo-Choo
You have a more sophisticated passenger rail system than we do--here, the system basically runs east and west, and to simplify things, rather than having complex train and bus connects between major cities, we use the "can' t get there from here" model, by which routes were systematically eliminated in order to make it impossible to travel between most cities by train.
In order to expand this model, the country has developed hundreds of large corporate/commercial centers far from rail lines or even bus routes, so that they can only be accessed by automobile, and then implemented a large scale highway improvement program that effectively blocks traffic, especially during peak travel times.
This effort has especially been a boon to radio traffic reporters and their advertisers--it has also been a boost to the manufacturers of refrigerators that can be plugged into the dashboard, as well as to the manufacturers of car-mounted video/entertainment systems.