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1.221J / 11.527J / ESD.201J Transportation Systems FALL 2002 ASSIGNMENT 2B : Transportation System Fundamentals Due in: Two weeks Value: 18 points Each of the 30 Key Points is important in understanding transportation systems. In this assignment, you will write a paper which relates these key points to a specific transportation system. The transportation system that you will examine is Amtrak, the intercity passenger rail transportation system in the United States. While Amtrak is the focus of this assignment, it is not simply “about Amtrak”. We urge you to take a broad view, considering its relationship to other transportation systems, such as the passenger air transportation system, and issues such as 1) why intercity rail is so successful in countries such as Japan, Germany, France and others and so unsuccessful in the U.S.; 2) how Amtrak relates to larger issues such as urban form. Your task is to take some of the 30 Key Points and relate them to this transportation system. Of course, not all key points are equally relevant. Indeed, some may be
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