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  1. May 10, 2019 #1

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    https://ntbraymer.wordpress.com/201...ng-distance-trains-be-taken-away-from-amtrak/

    Edited by staff to a fair use portion of the linked blog post.
     
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    Remove the long distance train from Amtrak is one solution. It would force the accounting part to change. It’s also not need. Amtrak is just a brand of the parent company. Simple spinning off the Long Distance train in to there own internal company would do the same thing. That why I was so interested in the three lines that were going to be operated by a private company for 80% of the subsidy that Amtrak need for those line. It would force Amtrak to release the true cost of those lines. However it was a poorly written law, and the FRA follow it to the letter, so nobody would bid on it.

    No clue where Amtrak is going, but it a one way street that seem to be a dead end.
     
  3. May 10, 2019 #3

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    And what do you have left? Only the NE corridor since by law the states pay for the other "corridors".

    Would the senators and house of representatives from outside the NE corridor be stupid enough to support the billions that it wants for infrastructure requirements?
     
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    When you use the words "politicians" and "stupid" in the same sentence, there's no limit to "How low can you go?"

    Just call it "Washington Limbo..."
     
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    Besides, the law about states paying for this or that can always be changed. Afterall, same said "stupid" made those laws in the first place. Also operating subsidy and capital construction costs are two different things. Feds can still pay for capital including equipment acquisition while requiring that all needed operating subsidy be locally borne, including the net subsidy for operating and maintenance of the NEC. Again, the same "stupid" can make the necessary changes to the laws to make that happen too. Nothing is etched in stone that was snatched from the "cloud" by one Moses. :rolleyes:
     

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