Trains in the Fast Lane, Maglevs and Righteous Indignation with Pluto in Aquarius with Eco-Activist, Artist and Sexy Astrology Founder Charlotte Ghiorse

“Under President Biden’s leadership, we are making historic investments in rail, which means fewer accidents and delays, faster travel times, and lower shipping costs for the American people.” “These projects will make American rail safer, more reliable, and more resilient, delivering tangible benefits to dozens of communities where railroads are located, and strengthening supply chains for the entire country.” USDOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

As a kid I used to play with my brother’s Lionel train set, and I particularly liked the miniature animals and people which I could place in the station or on the caboose (the last car on the train). I grew up in Brooklyn, and my mom Ruthie the QOFE (Queen of F’ing Everything) would often take me on the BMT subway line to downtown Brooklyn to shop at A&S and go to the Automat for lunch. I loved train rides, and for years I commuted from the suburbs to NYC on the Metro North Railroad. I have taken Amtrak trains to Washington DC and Boston, and I have ridden the rails in Europe. Train travel started in 1830 on Christmas Day when the first mechanical passenger train in the US opened for service. On May 10th 1869 the infamous ceremonial 17.6 karat golden spike (also known as The Last Spike) was driven in by Leland Stanford to join the rails of the first transcontinental railroad across the United States connecting the Central Pacific Railroad from Sacramento and the Union Pacific Railroad from Omaha. Over the next century, both passenger and freight rail exploded, laying the tracks for westward expansion and an economic boom. During his 36 years as a senator, President Biden traveled back and forth from Wilmington DE to Washington DC daily. The president says he’s logged more than 1 million miles on Amtrak during his public service career. Biden has asked  “Why, in the United States of America, do we not have the best rail system in the world?” He noted that better train service in some of America’s busiest locales would help ease car traffic and potentially reduce fossil fuel use, he added, “There’s so much more we can do to better the environment and quality of life.” Passenger rail ridership has been on the decline, but people still like to take trains, and we need to improve the train system in the US, as Europe, Japan and China have more advanced rail systems, including high speed bullet trains. Polls do show that improved Amtrak services are important to Americans. It is a more sustainable way to travel and it can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our transportation sector.  Our monthly guest commentator, eco-activist, artist and sexy astrologist Charlotte Ghiorse joins us to discuss the importance of trains in the fight against climate change, plus some Astrology updates.

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