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Time to Take Amtrak Subsidies Off the Rails

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Publication Date: April 1985

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

Author(s): John Semmens

Topic: Transportation (Railroads and trains)

Keywords: Smart growth

Type: Report

Abstract:

The equipment and facilities that have generated only financial losses for Amtrak could, in other hands, produce better results. One of the great benefits of the free enterprise economy stems from its ability to change with the times. Congress should put this dynamism to work for the improvement of rail passenger service by transferring to the private sector those elements of the system that can be operated profitably and eliminating all support for the remaining segments.