While the federal government is mostly inept, sometimes they do a bit of good. A bill proposed in the House of Representatives would allow pet owners to bring their well-behaved dogs on certain Amtrak trains. I like dogs and I like Amtrak, so this sounds good in theory… until you end up on a train full of dogs, all stinky and snarling and farting and humping each other.
Right now, if you take an Amtrak train, your ticket is checked the same way it has been for a century— you give the man your paper ticket, he scribbles something on it and punches a hole in it. But very soon, Amtrak will be modernizing the process by replacing the pencils and punches with iPhones equipped with big fat iPhone scanners.
More airlines are rolling out in-flight WiFi, so putting WiFi on trains seems like a logical next step. Oh, I’m sure you Europeans have had WiFi and hand jobs and free champagne and cheese pizza for years, but here in the US, we consider trains to be an afterthought.