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New Departures: Rethinking Rail Passenger Policy in the Twenty-First Century Hardcover – February 1, 2002

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ISBN-13: 978-0813122113 ISBN-10: 0813122112

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"Any Canadian or American with a serious interest in transportation policy will find this thoughtful and informative book worth reading."―Canadian Public Administration

"Well written and timely, New Departures provides excellent background from the current debate over the future of Amtrak and VIA Rail (in Canada)."―Choice

"Dispassionately examines every angle of the perplexing rail-passenger dilemma in North America."―Louisville Courier-Journal

"A seminal work that lays out all the dimensions of the current state of intercity rail passenger service in both the United States and Canada."―New York History

"An informed analysis of where rail passenger operations in the U.S. and Canada have been, where they are, and where they may be going, along with a look at those countries whose passenger trains are light years ahead of ours."―Railway Age

"New Departures is not only the most comprehensive look at rail passenger service in North America, it is the most timely. With air travel suddenly becoming a mature industry after September 11th, the nation is realizing that it is missing a vital balance in passenger transportation, a balance that could be provided by high speed passenger rail service. Anthony's book lays out the best policy framework I have ever seen for making rail passenger investments. Anyone engaged in debating the role of high speed rail in North America should read this book."―Thomas Downs

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“New Departures is not only the most comprehensive look at rail passenger service in North America, it is the most timely. With air travel suddenly becoming a mature industry after September 11th, the nation is realizing that it is missing a vital balance in passenger transportation, a balance that could be provided by high speed passenger rail service. Perl’s book lays out the best policy framework I have ever seen for making rail passenger investments. Anyone engaged in debating the role of high speed rail in North America should read this book.” —Thomas Downs, Executive Director, Center for Smart Growth
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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky (February 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813122112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813122113
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Henry Posner III on June 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I found the book to be the most insightful analysis of passenger rail at the global level I've ever seen. It is a great resource for anyone involved in policy, or for someone who just wants to know 'why we don't have trains like Japan or Europe'. To his credit, Dr.Perl does not come up with a crystal-clear solution for the future of Amtrak. This is reflective of the reality of the mix of economics and politics that is US transport policy, namely that: funding for passenger rail is a subsidy, but funding for road and air is infrastructure.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Nizlek on October 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
New Departures is a fantastic look at what other cultures are doing right with passenger rail, and what America (and Canada, for that matter) is doing wrong. It's really a one of a kind volume, because so many books on Amtrak take highly polarized views of what should occur with that agency. Instead, Anthony Pearl illustrates rail policy that actually works in several countries around the world, and explains America's failed attempts at high speed rail. He does not make political judgments (such as Joseph Vranich's "End of the Line" and "Derailed" do), but rather succinctly provides a wealth of information about what actually works. I walked away from New Departures with an immense wealth of knowledge about passenger rail policy and its history in the US and the world. This book is an absolute must-read for anyone interested in passenger rail policy and Amtrak.
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By Marc Grenier on April 4, 2014
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I bought the Kindle version and found it very well written. The author looks into the development of high-speed trains in Japan, France and Germany and discusses the the passenger train business in the U.S. and Canada from the 1950s to present and discusses, to some degree, what may need to occur for passenger trains in general, and high-speed trains to succeed here in North America.
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