RAIL PASSENGER SERVICE AND SOCIAL NEEDS

In contrast to the nationalized rail service available in European countries, where passenger trains prove their energy- and cost-effectiveness, US private enterprises lose money on passenger service even though the return to urban centers will make rail transportation more feasible than automobile use. Railroads declined in the US in the late 1950s, when service was discontinued and the function was turned over to the airways and highways. Federal attempts to equip and route Amtrak fail largely because it is required to make a profit. Reforms to revitalize Amtrak should include a new infrastructure that will shift to electrification for heavily-traveled lines and dedicated rights-of-way; reopening the short-line and commuter runs that connect small towns; and a reduction of the top-heavy management structure. Cooperative arrangements with city, state, and regional agencies should make a national rail system manageable. The commitment to a national rail service should involve government support of stations and trackage as well as a positive relationship with the educational and industrial sectors.

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    Institute for Socioeconomic Studies

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  • Authors:
    • Greisman, H C
  • Publication Date: 1980

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  • Accession Number: 00335286
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 9 1982 12:00AM