Randal O'Toole, Cato Policy Review

Runaway Subsidy Train

In 1959 Jim Morgan of Time magazine argued that “simple justice” demanded a leveling of the playing field between the passenger train and its competitors. Today, after four decades of per-passenger-mile subsidies to Amtrak that are many times greater than subsidies to airlines or highways, simple justice to Amtrak’s competitors and to taxpayers demands an end to those subsidies.

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