John’s a Debian developer, and I keep up with his blog through the “Planet Debian”:http://planet.debian.org/ aggregator.
I was very interested to read his “post on Amtrak funding”:http://changelog.complete.org/node/230.
I think having public transportation is a significant public good–one of the things I have liked most about the times I have lived in large cities (Boston, Miami, DC) is the ability to get to places without a car. That public transportation occasionally provides Chet with an opportunity to note, “That woman had pierced nipples.” (a fact I had not noticed in my still-somewhat-hung-over state) is just icing on the proverbial cake.
That one of the few downsides to the place I live now is miserable air quality because of excessive automobile traffic just reinforces this for me.