The article addresses the possibility of Amtraks demise, beginning with a look at the $30 billion in federal subsidies it has received in subsidies over 35 years. While ridership was at an all-time high of 25 million passengers in 2004, there are numerous routes that are underutilized. President Bushs limited budget proposal for the railroad is seen by some as a push to end federal funding for Amtrak. Others view it as an attempt to rid Amtrak of its poorly-used lines and revitalize the more effective routes, such as the shorter routes covering the Northeast Corridor. The call for reform is not just budget-related. Political, infrastructure, safety, and security issues also plague Amtrak. Despite such a dismal scene, support for Amtrak can still be found in Congress, as well as the transit and rail sectors. The article concludes with an estimation of Amtraks future funding likelihood, noting that major, sweeping changes are on the horizon even if funding is continued.

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    • Page range: pp 32, 34, 36
  • Authors:
    • Campbell, J
  • Publication Date: 2005-5


  • English

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  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: 3 p.
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  • Accession Number: 01001634
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 7 2005 12:00AM