There’s so much about this article I wholeheartedly agree with, but the discussion of social connections resonates with me most. I love taking Amtrak. Whenever there is train service available between my origin and my destination, I choose to take the train, primarily because of the people I meet on the trip. In an age when pretty much everybody agrees that air travel is dehumanizing, the train is refreshingly humanizing. There are all walks of American life on the train, and there are hours to kill talking. I’ve never enjoyed getting from A to B more than I have when taking the train, getting to know strangers I would never had met otherwise, watching the countryside roll by. The train, in a way, is about as American as it gets.