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What is the capitalist answer to rail passenger transportation being non financially profitable?

Japan is a counter-example. Rail is profitable there, not least because the rail companies don't just run the trains. Train stations become hubs, often with a shopping centre built around them (owned ...
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What is the capitalist answer to rail passenger transportation being non financially profitable?

The idea that "trains are unprofitable" is quite a bit more complex. First of all it's necessary to look at the main "problem" with trains: They tend to lead to natural monopolies. Setting up a rail ...
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What is the capitalist answer to rail passenger transportation being non financially profitable?

The answer is to stop subsidizing its rival: roads. You say that passenger rail stopped being profitable around the 50's or so: look up when the Dwight Eisenhower freeway project really hit its stride....
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Why is US rail passenger transportation less important than in other countries?

I'm not so sure it's fair to generalize this across the US like you're doing in your question. If you visit Grand Central in NYC you'll see plenty of passengers getting transported by rail. It's ...
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What is the capitalist answer to rail passenger transportation being non financially profitable?

What is the capitalist answer to rail passenger transportation being non financially profitable? The same as a capitalist answer to anything that is being non financially profitable; such as horse ...
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What do British people think about female-only carriages on trains?

A YouGov poll of 2948 people conducted in August 2017 gives: It has been suggested that trains should have women-only carriages. Which of the following comes closest to your view? Good idea - women ...
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Why does Russia choose to depend on the Bosporus Strait for shipping?

Because the Baltic Sea ices over every winter. In theory, you could continue year-round operations with icebreakers and cargo ships with a sufficient ice class but that's expensive and there are only ...
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Why do so many US States have a relaxed vehicle inspection policy?

There's a few reasons why, but the two largest are It's effectively a tax on cars (and a regressive tax at that). A Texas legislator noted that when introducing a bill to repeal Texas' law So let’...
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Why did it take so long for Germany to allow electric scooters / e-rollers on the roads?

The debate over e-mobility comes in the context of an ongoing debate in Germany how public spaces for transportation are to be divided between the different modes of transportation. In the last ...
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Can a country block its airspace to international civil flights without any reason?

Yes, overflight is a privilege, not a right. A denial might cause the victims to retaliate in a similar manner, by restricting overflights or other things which are not a right. These are for example ...
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Why is US rail passenger transportation less important than in other countries?

One of the reasons for the decline of the railroads was corporate sabotage by car manufacturing companies. They bought up rail companies and then shut them down. Here is an article from March 11, 1922 ...
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What is the capitalist answer to rail passenger transportation being non financially profitable?

What is the capitalist solution to make rail passenger transportation economically profitable again, like it used to be before road transport was a thing? There is no capitalist solution. All extant ...
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Who determines when road center lines are solid or dashed?

Introduction The beginning of traffic safety for rural highways was with civilians. Their work resulted in government action and led to standardization throughout the United States. Wikipedia, History:...
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Can a country block its airspace to international civil flights without any reason?

It depends - if country 'Y' is one of the 134 parties to the International Air Services Transit Agreement, then the first article of that agreement grants scheduled air flights the privilege to fly ...
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Are any U.S. groups pushing for special licenses for large trucks and SUVs?

Is there any organized group in the United States (or, more broadly, North America) pushing for this type of arrangement? There is no organized group in the United States or more broadly in North ...
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Why is US rail passenger transportation less important than in other countries?

Until the end of WW2, rail transport of both passengers and materials was extensive in the US. By the 1930's, a battle of luxury trains had emerged in the heavily traveled NYC to Chicago route, ...
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What is the capitalist answer to rail passenger transportation being non financially profitable?

Just because governments operate passenger rail systems at a loss does not mean that it is an inherently unprofitable enterprise. It's just that governments have a legal monopoly on the industry, so ...
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Why is US rail passenger transportation less important than in other countries?

America is rich and big, and post-war it got richer and stayed richer than other countries. It is also culturally very individualistic. When other countries were developing high-speed rail transport,...
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Why can't Ukraine ship grain from Mariupol?

Well, you have the answer in the story I've linked in your question: Russia blames the situation on what it says are Ukrainian mines So basically Ukraine shipping via Mariupol would be a tacit ...
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Uninsured motor vehicle drivers in the USA - why is the liability insurance requirement not enforced better?

So first, as your statistics state, 29.4% is the rate in the state of Mississippi and 3% is the rate in New Jersey. The other 48 states, DC, and the 5 inhabited territories fall somewhere within that ...
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Why are so many countries subsidizing the electrical vehicle industry?

There isn't one reason that applies to all the countries that give incentives for buying electric vehicles, rather it appears that there are three buckets for reasoning on this, of which countries ...
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Why did it take so long for Germany to allow electric scooters / e-rollers on the roads?

I'm repeating my deleted comment (thank you, heavy-handed mod/user) as an answer even though it is really more a comment. Germany may be the latest (most recent) country to regulate or allow e-...
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Why is US rail passenger transportation less important than in other countries?

It has nothing to do with geography! California. Population density: 93/km² (40 million people on 424,000 km²). Varied climate ranging from snow-capped mountains in the Sierra Nevada to a lush and ...
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What are the long term benefits of renationalising the trains in the UK?

Background Britain's railways were nationalised by Labour in 1948 and returned to private hands by John Major's Conservative government in 1993. Labour was initially committed to renationalisation ...
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Why does the EU invest so much in biodiesel if it has a very low return on investment as a fuel?

It still has a positive ROI, so that doesn't seem like a fair reason to abandon it. Just looking at the ROI, there should be no reason to use nuclear or natural gas, as hydro and coal have a far ...
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Does EU freedom of speech allow a license plate that taunts a political party?

I'll admit I'm not up to date on Romania specific, but the purpose of Free Speech is to criticize public policy and politicians. Any government that does not allow citizens to use colorful language ...
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Why hasn't the UK government nationalised the rail service in England?

There are a number of possible reasons. As with most motivation questions it is likely that they all apply to some degree. Ideology. The current government is the Conservative Party, which is on the ...
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