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In Response to Amtrak Funding at Risk in Congress by svagnozzi
svagnozzi, it is a crying shame that this congress will try again to destroy the National Passenger Rail System or as it is better know, AMTRAK.
This is the only nation in the world that does not fully support their passenger rail and mass transit systems as a whole.
But then we are such an oligarchy now (more corporate owned than a republic), it doesn't surprise me. It is laughable when I hear folks talk about getting the government out of Amtrak and let it support itself as a private entity. Funny how memory can be so short circuited. It was the government stepping in and saving the passenger rail from the private sector that kept this country with any semblance of a passenger transit system such as Amtrak.
But then some people have such a blind eye about the government that they would cut their nose off to spite their face. AMTRAK should be fully supported by the government funding. It should recieve capital improvement funds to expand the route systems to smaller locales, and to improve or totally create rail passenger trackage. The fees that passengers pay for tickets, sleeper cars and upgraded seating, would go to off set operational costs period. But the federal government should continue to provide funds and to actually expand those funds to get Amtrak even up to a level that is half as good as other nations.
Anyone who thinks that turning our mass transit systems, ESPECIALLY the AMTRAK system to the private sector and getting government funding out of it, has simply ignored the lessons of the past and frankly have no desire to see the trains continue to compete with the ever increasing lousy airline service.