What Do We Need From Amtrak? August 1st, 2004
by Noel T. Braymer, RailPAC President – Amtrak over the last thirty plus years never seems to change. Amtrak always seems to want more money from Congress, and threaten to shut down most or all service if it doesn’t get what it wants. Most of the money Amtrak gets goes to the NEC to run a railroad which it is a minority user. Amtrak keeps trying to develop expensive high speed rail service in intercity corridors which are low revenue producers. Service on Amtrak doesn’t seem to get better, only slowly to get worse. And Long Distance Trains remain the stepchild of Amtrak, even though they brings in over half of Amtrak passenger income!