SHOULD AMTRAK DEVELOP HIGH-SPEED CORRIDOR SERVICE OUTSIDE THE NORTHEAST?

Amtrak's (National Railroad Passenger Corporation's) current extension plans focus on the Chicago-Detroit and Los Angeles-San Diego corridors. Its long-range goals provide for extending the Northeast development concept to 16 other potential corridors. Amtrak believes corridors provide greater speed, better on-time performance, lower air pollution, greater energy efficiency, more safety, and lower deficits because of increased ridership. GAO concludes that the (1) benefits Amtrak anticipates may not be available or worth the cost and (2) substantial increases in ridership cannot be expected unless one of the other transportation modes is disrupted. The report lists a number of choices the Congress can make regarding Federal subsidy for Amtrak's corridor development plan.

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  • Features: Appendices;
  • Pagination: 38 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00180371
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: U.S. General Accounting Office
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CED-78-67 Cong Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 12 1978 12:00AM