I found a really depressing graphic over at Grist that shows the slow decay of Amtrak's reach since the 1960s. I bet most of us are unaware of how good the train coverage in the U.S. used to be. Years of neglect and Congressional apathy has decimated what was once proud transportation system — a problem we're all paying for with more congested streets and highways and more polluted air from all the cars we need to get from point A to point B.

Via Grist via the National Association of Railroad Passengers

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Watch: The slow, sad decline of Amtrak
Amtrak just turned 40 years old. Unfortunately it's been in decline for almost its entire existence, a fact made clear by this animated timeline map.