Amtrak. Such a vile disgrace!! This is total national failure and reaks of financial suicide, of a long outdated transportation system, and thus, it is a financial junkey that has politically been placed on the backs of the hard working taxpayers, while politicians have gotten their kick-backs in supporting it. Every Democrat in office, no matter what the elected position is, should be either 'recalled' or voted out of office, who can be, in 2010. And all Republicans who vote like a Communist liberal Democrat should also get the boot with them. Get rid of the 'pea-brain' politicans. Period!!
Dr. James P. Wickstrom, D. Litt.
The study by Subsidyscope, an arm of the Pew Charitable Trusts, found that 41 of Amtrak's 44 routes lost money last year. The biggest loser was the Sunset Limited between New Orleans and Los Angeles, which lost $462 per passenger.
Even the popular Northeast Regional trains, which connect Washington, New York and Boston, lost $5 per passenger last year.
According to the study, Amtrak will receive $2.7 billion in subsidies and stimulus dollars in 2009. When is enough, enough? This is a disgrace and insult to anyone that has any common sense.