Reply To: TPO 57 – Integrated Writing

March 26, 2021 at 7:35 pm

Both the reading and listening materials focus on the ownership problem[ issue concerning ] of an intercity train company named Amtrak. The core of (the debate between the listening and reading materials)[unclear  ] is whether Amtrak should be run by the U.S. government or [by  ] a private company.

The article lists three reasons[incomplete..  ] . The first one is that the national government lost money on Amtrak, for it[ unclear pronoun ] keeps[ grammatical error ] running underused railways in remote and less populated areas. Managing these routes costs hundreds of millions of dollars each year. The speaker disapproves with [wrong preposition  ] that reason, [ punctuation error/learn how to use punctuations in relation to coordinating conjunction ] and says (the government is misunderstood)[ unclear ] . The government’s main goal to maintain the railway service is not about money. Citizens who lives [ grammatical error ] in remote areas have the same right to receive government services as those citizens[ folks ]( who live)[ wordy ] in accessible areas.

The second reason given by the article is [that  ] the government’s ownership of Amtrak creates unfair competition in[ article error ] market;[ punctuation error ] since it [unclear pronoun  ] helps Amtrak provide tickets which are cheaper than any flight tickets. The speaker argues that the airline companies already enjoy lots of benefits from[article error  ] national government, (such as helping them to build free control towers)[misplaced  ] ,( train professional pilots and give)[ grammatical error ] them[ unclear pronoun ] access to the weather satellite’s database.

The last reason mentioned by the article is that rail travel is less popular than car travel in America. Rail travel serves about one percent of [ annual ] American passengers yearly. Instead of pouring money into Amtrak ,the government should use the money to build more highways. The speaker admits nowadays rail travel does have less[ wrong word ] customers, [punctuation error  ] however, she thinks that this is because Amtrak is out of date. If the government provides [ grammatical error ] affordable and fast train service like Japanese and European governments do, travelers would love to choose rail travel.