for 1, there isn't a good alternative to taking train as there's no other going the same way. trains can't be more differant mode of transport than it to boat or planes rite?
as population increases, the frequency of train service should also have increase in tendom. although lifts have been added, the increasingly packed trains are not accommodaing for pregnant women , wheelchair bound users, etc. do we expect them to use the cab exclusively?
on a positive note, new trains added does't come cheap. but this alone should not blind us to other more pressing concerns- to run our trains in as efficient & effective a way as possible.
w/ all the ranting, i hope no 1 here will jump tracks anytime soon....