PRELIMINARY REPORT TO CONGRESS AND THE PUBLIC: A REEXAMINATION OF THE AMTRAK ROUTE STRUCTURE

After 7 years of National Railroad Passenger Corp. (Amtrak) operations, Congress requested a reexamination of the Amtrak route structure. In response, the Department of Transportation conducted an evaluation of alternative national intercity rail passenger systems. Preliminary recommendations are presented in this report for public comment. The Department has also identified several policy issues which merit public scrutiny. Preliminary recommendations are presented in the following framework: There is a historical trend for long-term decline in the common carrier share of intercity passenger travel, and a precipitous downward trend in rail patronage. Chapter 2 reports on Amtrak's progress to date in reversing these trends. Chapter 3 describes and discusses the present intercity rail passenger service system and the operation of the system. Chapter 4 discusses the methodology which produced the 5 route structure alternatives that were analyzed in this report, and graphically portrays them. Chapter 5 presents the Department's recommended route structure, offers projections for its operating performance and financial results, and describes the rationale for its selection. Chapter 6 discusses the future funding consequences of the preliminary recommendations, along with possible means of meeting funding requirements. Chapter 7 broaches significant issues deserving of public scrutiny, reflection and comment. These issues include Amtrak fare policy, the market for intercity rail passenger service and the institutional framework of Amtrak.

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  • Pagination: 165 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00327761
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA/RRI/001
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 18 1981 12:00AM