Tom Vanderbilt, author of the entertaining and enlightening "Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)," asks the following question: What technology has actually gotten worse -- in America, anyway -- since the early 20th century?
Trains. While the Japanese and French enjoy their superfast bullet and maglev trains, the United States has witnessed such developments as the following:
Going from Brattleboro, Vt., to New York City took less than five hours in 1938; today, Amtrak's Vermonter (the only option) takes six hours -- if it's on time, which it isn't, nearly 75 percent of the time.
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