Stuck in the Middle

I’m on the train right now and so it occurs to me to point out that even though we normally think of rail corridors in terms of their major anchor points in some ways it’s the intermediary ones that are most valuable. You can always fly from DC to NYC if you need to, but absent the steady service on the Northeast corridor there would really be no reasonable way to get from, say, Hartford to Wilmington. The availability of good rail connections amount to help keep those smaller cities viable as centers of business.