Saturday, April 30, 2005

Gladys Knight and the Pips Fail to Offer New Insight into Ailing US Passenger Rail Service


Gladys Knight and her back-up group, the Pips, once again failed to offer any new insights into the current state of US passenger rail service in a recording of their 1973 hit Midnight Train to Georgia.

Asked if she felt the present federal policy toward Amtrak was sustainable, Ms. Knight resorted to her standard answer, "He's leavin' on that Midnight Train to Georgia, said he's going back to find a simpler place in time." The Pips, also refusing to address the issue said, "Whenever he takes that ride guess who's gonna be right by his side?"

Ms. Knight had no comment on whether tax payers should still support a rail system which will need substantial infrastructure improvements in high traffic corridors. Instead, she changed the subject, saying, "He kept dreamin' that someday he'd be star." To which the Pips quickly added, "A superstar but he didn't get far."

Although pressed neither Ms. Knight or the Pips seemed to be willing to go on record regarding future rail subsidies, Amtrak's glide path to self-sufficiency, or who it was that L.A. proved too much for. Instead the elusive Ms. Knight said, "I'd rather live in his world than live without him in mine." In conclusion, the Pips said, "Her world is his, his and her's alone!"

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