Learn More About Amtruk:
Amtruk.org is a website designed to promote an idea for a U.S. national high-speed railroad system. We're not selling anything. We're not offering memberships. We're just going to see if we can interest folks in trying something new. If we get the right mix of people interested, we can make it happen.
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Who is Tom Atwood? I am a Ph.D. physicist and computer software engineer. My grandfather was the locomotive mechanic on the Eldorado & Wesson (E & W) Railroad. I played on both steam and diesel locomotives as a kid, after the train crew went home. I watched trains being made up in a Rock Island switch yard, day after day. And pretty soon now, I expect to be building a model railroad for my grandkids. I've ridden passenger trains across Europe and commuter and high-speed rail in Japan.
Over the years, I have read a lot about economics. I care about the USA and I want to try to do something to get this country back to economic good times. I think I understand the fundamental economic importance of improving the efficiency of our national transportation system. Although I applaud attempts to create a high-speed passenger service, (and I love riding Amtrak!) I just don't see the profit in it, except in the high-density northeast. But our cargo trucking industry is still working off the same basic idea as when teamsters actually drove teams of mules: a driver and a wagon. We just replaced the mules with a diesel engine and improved the roads.
Long haul trucking is a horribly inefficient way to move our goods. But I believe that building Amtruk.org will completely reinvigorate our trucking industry. You can freight the truck along with the cargo it carries and save a ton of money doing it. Practically everything can be delivered with the same kind of efficiency we now see with package delivery by UPS, Fedex, USPS, etc. I believe that Amtruk.org will give our economy a boost comparable to what the construction of the interstate highway system did in the middle of the 20th century.
It's time to get America growing again!