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May 08, 2013
Will Matt Rose succeed Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway?
The evidence is mounting that BNSF chief executive Matt Rose is Warren Buffett’s choice to succeed him at Berkshire Hathaway.
May 07, 2013
Freight and passenger rail have little in common
Depending on how seriously one takes congressional hearings into the future of Amtrak, the national rail passenger service either is a candidate for termination and oblivion or, as has been the case on several prior occasions, it will survive another near-death experience.
Frank N. Wilner
May 03, 2013
For whom does the STB bell toll?
With the Obama nomination of Anthony Foxx to become the next transportation secretary, chatter now focuses on the successor to Frank Mulvey at the three-member Surface Transportation Board (STB).
May 01, 2013
LNG: Locomotive fuel of the future?
Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of excitement among the Wall Street analyst crowd over LNG (liquefied natural gas) and its potential as a locomotive fuel. The railroads have been relatively quiet about their recently renewed interest in LNG, choosing to pursue long-term testing without...
April 25, 2013
Amtrak magic: RIP, Richie Havens
When singer Richie Havens passed away April 22, many people who knew of him immediately remembered Woodstock. Me, too, but I also thought "Amtrak."
Frank N. Wilner
April 16, 2013
Amtrak budget reality could make a preacher cuss
Let's get real about President Obama’s fiscal year 2014 and beyond budget recommendations to Congress. They’re street theater, and one might just as well be entertained viewing Gucci-clad Washington lobbyists intermingling with Capitol Hill tourists outfitted in spandex and plaid-pattern polyester.
April 12, 2013
Guest Blog: “Amtrak is not the problem”
The following commentary was submitted in response to my recent blog, “If the source of funding isn’t fares, then Amtrak needs to go away.” It’s an eye-opener. There are very few people, in my opinion, who won’t learn something:
April 07, 2013
“If the source of funding isn’t fares, then Amtrak needs to go away”
It’s 12:00 a.m. on Monday, April 8 as I write this. I’m tired, and I want to go to bed. I have to get up tomorrow morning, and go into the office. For some reason that I do not completely understand, I take a quick...
Frank N. Wilner
April 01, 2013
Amtrak haters: Bullies with no public purpose
Conservative columnist and American Enterprise scholar Michael Barone, with degrees from Harvard and Yale, is a smart fellow. But a recent column about Amtrak suggests his research consisted of wandering into the posh Capitol Grill in Washington, D.C., and sitting at Amtrak baiter-in-chief Rep. John...
March 28, 2013
Thank you, Betsy Morris (and the WSJ, too)
The Wall Street Journal has done a brilliant job of, as our Senior Consulting Editor Luther Miller likes to say, “making the obvious less obscure.”
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