Sep 5th 2008 12:13AM I agree that there is much that is broken in Washington DC, but the business climate for an operation like GrandLuxe to return won't improve if the person who gains the Presidency implements huge tax hikes on American businesses and American consumers and fails to encourage EVERY possible means of improving our domestic energy production.
Wishing for change without understanding how those changes will affect American business is the wrong way to proceed. Praying for wise, good, and EXPERIENCED leadership for this country is the right course.
Sep 5th 2008 12:04AM Deidre,
Whatever the true reason(s) for GrandLuxe to cease it's operations, you should really do a little more research before making the sweeping statement that "train travel in the U.S. has become less and less popular." In fact, the only nationwide passenger rail service that exists in the US, otherwise known as Amtrak, is seeing record ridership on most routes.
GrandLuxe tours were out of reach of the typical traveler because they were aimed at consumers with the money to spend on luxuries, but you can't extrapolate a pullback in luxury expenditures to infer that typical consumer train travel in also negatively affected.
I for one would MUCH rather travel by train than deal with the headaches of airport security and weather delays or doing a slow crawl on congested highways.