As Amtrak Racks Up Another Record Year, Congress Plans To Cut Back Support For The Service

Amtrak is reporting record ridership and yet the US House of Representatives is busily planning ways to cut back or shut down the service altogether.

Amtrak, formed in 1970 at the request of the private railroads which were at that time going bankrupt almost daily because of massive tax-payer-subsidized competition from truckers using the taxpayer-built Interstate Highway System, reported last week that it has for the first time carried more than 30 million riders in a single fiscal year, smashing old records, and doing so in the teeth of the worst recession since the 1930’s.

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