Railway links: or how does one solve the problem of monopoly in infrastructure?
Here is a map showing the service of Amtrak train company , America's government subsidized passenger railroad company. The map depicts Amtrak's stations across the US, where the size of the circle corresponds to the number of passengers circulating on the given station. This was taken from a summer blog at the Economist (they got it from here ) where they questioned the justifiably of some of Amtrak's regular lines across the country when almost a third of their passengers use the service across only three cities (New York, Washington and Philadelphia). The Economist concludes: "...Amtrak's long-haul routes (you can see them on the map as the tiny blue dots stretching across most of the country) are money pits . But America's bizarre constitutional structure, which gives outsized influence to states with small populations , creates an incentive for Amtrak to maintain unprofitable services that keep influential senators happy. If its long-ha