U.S. train service is 'scandalous'

  The Acela pulls into Old Saybrook, Conn.

The Acela pulls into Old Saybrook, Conn.

"In America, we happen to be living in a third world country from the point of view of economic and social development. I came back from New York yesterday and I took the fastest train in the country, the Acela. My wife and I took the New York-Boston train sixty years ago - it wasn't called the Acela then - and I think it's improved by about fifteen minutes since then. Any other country in the world would be about half the time. In fact when it's riding along the Connecticut turnpike it's barely keeping up with traffic, which is just scandalous.''

-- Noam Chomsky, linguist and left-wing social activist"