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Federal subsidies to rail passenger service

Sally A. Ferris

Federal subsidies to rail passenger service

an assessment of Amtrak

by Sally A. Ferris

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Published by Congress of the United States, Congressional Budget Office, For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O. in Washington, D.C .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Amtrak -- Appropriations and expenditures,
  • Railroads -- United States -- Passenger traffic,
  • Federal aid to transportation -- United States

  • Edition Notes

    Other titlesFederal subsidies for rail passenger service
    SeriesA CBO study
    ContributionsUnited States. Congressional Budget Office
    The Physical Object
    Paginationxxiii, 85, [1] p. :
    Number of Pages85
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL13605047M

      Ma Amtrak (formally the National Rail Passenger Corporation) sent its fiscal budget request to Congress yesterday and asked for $ million less than Congress actually appropriated for fiscal year The request of $ billion is the amount authorized by Congress in the FAST Act of , but Congressional appropriations for Amtrak and other railroad programs in.   [4] Since , only one airport (Brooking, South Dakota), has lost service because it exceed the $ per passenger subsidy limit. U.S. DOT has, however, kept enforcing the $1, per passenger maximum subsidy, and three airports lost service due to that cap in Since 8 airports lost service because of the $1, rule.

    Formed in , FRA has conducted studies and demonstrations, provided oversight, and administered federal grants to the nation’s intercity passenger rail system under the High-Speed Ground Transportation Act of and the Rail Passenger Service Act of , which relieved private rail carriers of their obligation to provide passenger rail.   Anything involving federal subsidies includes layers of regulations, which adds costs and delays. [Illinois] also faced years of delays in getting new rail cars. Nippon Sharyo of Nagoya, Japan.

      WASHINGTON -- Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta told Congress on Friday that continued federal subsidies to Amtrak "cannot be justified" and urged lawmakers to back the Bush administration's. Per passenger mile, federal subsidies to Amtrak are 30 times greater than federal subsidies to airlines and times greater than federal subsidies to intercity buses, according to a new study from the American Bus study also reports that federal subsidies per passenger mile to public transit are 3, times greater than federal subsidies to autos.


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Federal subsidies to rail passenger service by Sally A. Ferris Download PDF EPUB FB2

A careful analysis of the public benefits of both freight and passenger railroad/train travel reveals that the true “public” benefit of government “subsidies” is a very difficult economic analysis which includes: 1) pollution; 2) reduced trucking traffic, 3) reduced car/auto traffic at least on commuter rail.

Cover title: Federal subsidies for rail passenger service. S/N Item C. Description: xxiii, 85, [1] pages: illustrations, 1 map ; 26 cm. Series Title: CBO study. Other Titles: Federal subsidies for rail passenger service. Federal Subsidies for Rail Passenger Service: An Assessment of Amtrak.

View Document. Summary. Federal Subsidies for Rail Passenger Service: An Assessment of Amtrak. Stay Connected. Get CBO’s Email Updates. Email Address; Submit; Footer Menu. About; Topics; Cost Estimates; FAQs; Blog; Footer Menu - Utility. Subsidies can be used for either investment in upgrades and new lines, or to keep lines running that create economic growth.

Rail subsidies are largest in China ($ billion) and Europe (€73 billion), while the United States has relatively small subsidies for passenger rail. The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, doing business as Amtrak (reporting marks AMTK, AMTZ), is a passenger railroad service that provides medium and long-distance intercity service in the contiguous United States and to nine Canadian cities.

Founded in as a quasi-public corporation to operate many U.S. passenger rail routes, Amtrak receives a combination of state and federal Headquarters: 1 Massachusetts Avenue.

Private passenger rail service thrived in the United States between the mid–19th century and the early–20th century. By the late s, however, passenger rail was struggling because of the rise of automobiles, buses, and airlines. Railroads faced large tax, regulatory, and union burdens not faced by other modes of transportation.1 Federal micromanagement stifled railroad innovation and.

The government-owned corporation was cobbled together from remnants of major railroads’ passenger services. It is funded through fares and state and federal subsidies.

European rail networks feature a mix of government and business owners and operators. Puentes said new investor-owned passenger rail ventures in Florida and Texas bear. FACTS ABOUT TRANSPORTATION SUBSIDIES A paper by the Missouri-Kansas Passenger Rail Coalition and the Ohio Association of Rail Passengers Much is made of the $30 billion spent on Amtrak over the last 30 years, but in that same period the federal government spent $ TRILLION on air and highway modes, according to the New York Times and Washington Post.

The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, now known as Amtrak, was created by the federal government to take over bankrupt private passenger rail companies.

It began service on May 4, In fiscal yearit received an operating grant of approximately $ million and a capital and debt service grant of about $ billion. Amtrak. VRE provides commuter-oriented rail service from the Northern Virginia suburbs to Alexandria, Crystal City and downtown Washington, D.C., along the I and I corridors.

Fears of financial support with no end in sight have dominated arguments against a Federal subsidy of passenger railroad service since the initial debates in Since Amtrak has received more than $13 billion of federal subsidies.

Twenty‐ five years later, Amtrak appears no closer to financial independence than the day taxpayer assistance began. The $ billion in subsidies divided by trillion passenger miles represents a subsidy of just under a penny per passenger mile. But wait — highways produced more than just passenger travel.

According to table of National Transportation Statistics, they also produced trillion ton-miles of freight shipments. The federal government’s choice to subsidize Amtrak’s passenger rail service reflects it’s belief that Amtrak provides positive externalities to the public.

Like with any other subsidy, the government’s believes that its investment of taxpayer money in this industry promotes public welfare.

The passenger rail service model created by the Federal government in is not viable in The model created in was a single national monopoly set up to be a private corporation but it has instead become like a government agency relying on federal support to survive, with a legacy system of routes incapable of adapting to market.

Additional Physical Format: Print version: Ferris, Sally A. Federal subsidies to rail passenger service. Washington, D.C.: Congress of the United States.

Background The federal government subsidizes intercity travel in various ways. For example, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation—or Amtrak—received appropriations of about $ billion in and $ billion in to subsidize intercity passenger rail services. The figure includes $ million in grants for the Northeast Corridor and debt service and about $ billion in.

The job of the new agency—call it the Federal Passenger Rail Administration—is to identify routes needing passenger train service, develop a budget to fund the required infrastructure, and establish rules under which private-sector entrepreneurs can run.

Had the $10 billion consumed by Amtrak been available for private sector uses, many new jobs would have been created Federal Subsidies for Rail Passenger Service: An Assessment of Amtrak. NEC FUTURE is the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) comprehensive plan for improving the Northeast Corridor (NEC) from Washington, D.C., to Boston, MA.

Through NEC FUTURE, the FRA has worked closely with NEC states, railroads, stakeholders. 1. Subsidies per Passenger Trip, and 25 2. Subsidies per Passenger Mile, and 25 3. Average Annual Subsidy by Mode, Fiscal and Fiscal 26 4. Subsidy by Mode in Fiscal 27 Tables 1. U.S. Federal Outlays on Airports and Related Services, 7 2.Peer Region Light Rail Subsidy per Passenger () $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $-$ $ $ $ $ $ .The Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration shall collect the necessary data and publish a quarterly report on the performance and service quality of intercity passenger train operations, including Amtrak’s cost recovery, ridership, on-time performance and minutes of delay, causes of delay, on-board services, stations, facilities.