End of the Line: The Failure of Amtrak Reform and the Future of America’s Passenger Trains

This book contends that Amtrak is hopelessly flawed and should be phased out and suggests directions for America�s future. The book focuses on developments since the passage of the Amtrak Reform and Accountability Act (ARAA) of 1997. It provides a brief history of Amtrak and describes the many years of mismanagement that lead up to the enactment of the ARAA; outlines the proposed reforms and Amtrak thwarted them; describes how Amtrak continually demands more subsidies and threatens to shut down when it has cash-flow problems; assesses post-reform developments and concludes that Amtrak� future is hopeless and that preserving Amtrak is irrational; examines myths about the value of Amtrak and fallacies about the cost of Amtrak; considers the threat of terrorism against rail passenger systems and highlights some train safety issues in New York City that Amtrak has not addressed; describes how, in recent years Amtrak has managed to alienate its major institutional customers�local commuter agencies and state transportation departments-and why many public agencies contracting with Amtrak may seek alternative operators in the future; argues that it is time to replace Amtrak with something more workable and relevant; and surveys what Great Britain, Japan, Canada, and the United States have done to privatize and develop publicly owned railroads. The book also considers some creative approaches to rail transportation.

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    American Enterprise Institute Press

    1150 19th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Authors:
    • Vranich, Joseph
  • Publication Date: 2004


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: 265p

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  • Accession Number: 01000586
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0844742031
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 30 2005 11:55AM