Featuring the author Randal O’Toole, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; with comments by Art Guzzetti, Vice President of Policy, American Public Transportation Association; Jim Mathews, President, Rail Passengers Association; and Marc Scribner, Senior Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute; moderated by Jason Kuznicki, Editor, Cato Institute.

Like many Americans, Randal O’Toole loves passenger trains, yet he acknowledges that intercity passenger trains and — outside of the New York region — urban rail transit play little role in American life today. The replacement of passenger trains with cars, buses, and airplanes is similar to many other recent technological replacements: word processors replacing typewriters, calculators replacing slide rules, telephones replacing telegraphs, and cell phones replacing land lines. However, only for passenger trains has the government spent billions of dollars a year attempting to turn back the clock and slow that replacement. O’Toole’s book Romance of the Rails asks why this is so and whether passenger rail has a significant role to play in the future. Art Guzzetti, an advocate for urban rail transit; Jim Mathews, an advocate for intercity passenger trains; and Marc Scribner, an advocate for free-market transportation, will offer their comments on the book.

To register to attend this event, click here and then submit the secure web form by noon EDT on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. If you have any questions pertaining to registration, you may e-mail [email protected].


Wednesday, October 10, 2018
12:00 – 1:30 PM


The Cato Institute
Hayek Auditorium

1000 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001


Featured Author:

Randal O’Toole
Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

Comments By:

Art Guzzetti
Vice President of Policy, American Public Transportation Association

Jim Mathews
President, Rail Passengers Association

Marc Scribner
Senior Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute


Jason Kuznicki
Editor, Cato Institute

Get Information About Upcoming CEI Events

Sign-up to receive news and information about CEI events all year around.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

We’d Love Your Feedback

Please let us know how a recent CEI event went. Be sure to include details!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.