Congress Should Link Amtrak's Generous Subsidy to Improved Performance
Publication Date: September 2007
Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
Author(s): Ronald D. Utt
Keywords: Budget; Amtrak subsidy; Acela; green transportation
Coverage: United States
Amtrak fails to fill half of its seats on any given day, and ridership has remained largely unchanged since 2005, yet Amtrak receives the highest federal subsidy of all modes of transportation: $210.31 per passenger per 1,000 miles. Congress should cap Amtrak's subsidy at $900 million for FY 2008 and condition future subsidies on steady improvement in Amtrak's ridership.