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Will the Senate Raid the Treasury for Amtrak?

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Publication Date: August 2006

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Ronald D. Utt

Topic: Transportation (Railroads and trains)

Keywords: Budget; Amtrak

Type: Report


Because Amtrak's most recent annual report reveals that financial and operational problems continue to worsen, the railroad's new board and management should begin to eliminate some of its more wasteful routes: first, the Sunset Limited, with its $433 subsidy per passenger, followed by the Silver Service, with total losses exceeding $100 million in 2005.