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Amtrak VP: High-Speed Rail Needed

trainAmtrak Vice President Al Engel says the nation cannot meet 21st Century transportation needs without high-speed rail, and it requires a public investment. He says private investors will not see a return soon enough to justify putting up their money.

“Investors want to see a payback in five years or maybe a little longer.  With a project like this you’re not going to see a payback for ten years or more, so up front there has to be a public investment, but once the infrastructure is there on the right high-speed rail corridors you do not need an operating subsidy.”

He says the state and federal governments have to make policy decisions about subsidizing the infrastructure, and in the end they will see a return on their investments.

“It’s not coming all back in the fare box, but it’s coming back in the jobs that are created for the community and the economic activity.  It’s an indirect result, but the government makes it in taxes, so there’s a return on that investment by the government.”

Engel says Amtrak makes a profit on its Acela and Northeast Corridor service, which it uses to subsidize service elsewhere, and system-wide it covers 85 percent of expenses through revenues generated, which is far better than SEPTA and most other regional transit systems.  He says the federal government has been subsidizing transportation since Thomas Jefferson was president, when it helped with canals, and Abraham Lincoln authorized land grants and other help for the first transcontinental railroad.  He appeared Wednesday on the WNPV talk program Legally Speaking.
WNPV AM 1440 Know a great local musician/band who would like some radio airtime? August is Music Month on Buxmont Live Radio, and I'm looking for musicians to come into WNPV AM 1440 in Lansdale to record an interview and in-studio performance. You get: Interview, exposure and an MP3 you can share. Rules: You have to be able to come to the studio on Thursday at 2PM on one of these dates: 8/7, 8/21 or 8/28. No other dates or times work because our engineer gets paid for this time slot. First come, first considered. Email me at jr@buxmontlive.com with the following: Your name and the names of your bandmates (solo is also okay) Three MP3s that we can sample (preferred, we'll also accept Youtube address and Reverbnation) Which dates you can appear (flexibility works in your favor) I'd like to wrap this up by Monday. Thanks and good luck. Questions? -> John Ralston jr@buxmontlive.com
WNPV AM 1440 Ray Masser's photos from WNPV's Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaway at Cardinal Camera in Quakertown on Saturday, July 26, 2014.
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WNPV AM 1440 WNPV's website hasn't been updated yet but the next Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaway will take place on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, at 6 PM, at Rann Pharmacy, 377 Main Street, Harleysville. The rules on the website remain the same so look them up and then come out to win your share of $4,000 in prizes!
WNPV AM 1440 Saturday morning was a beautiful time for WNPV's Summer Spectacular Ticket Giveaway at Cardinal Camera in Quakertown! We gave away over $4,000 in prizes including three Grand Prizes of family 4-packs of tickets to Knoebel's Amusement Park in Elysburg. Saturday's Grand Prize winners were: Philip Schanz of Lansdale, Elaine Waters of Horsham, and Gloria Woodland of Lansdale. Maybe you'll win the Grand Prize at our next one!
WNPV AM 1440 Did you miss this week's "Regarding Your Money" show with George Toth? If so, you MUST tune in to "Chestnut Investment Attitudes" on Saturday at 9:10 AM! George has a very special guest, Michael Morsch, and they discuss the music of the 1970s! A very different show than usual ... so be sure to check it out at 1440 AM!

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