An added option might include competitive franchising similar to the British Rail model, where Amtrak
would seek competitive bids to provide services for the lowest cost consistent with quality and safety standards.
inflation-adjusted) as well as current dollars are used to make comparisons because constant-dollar values may better reflect the real financial impact on Amtrak
has signed an agreement with Rockwell Collins to implement the companys ARINC RailwayNet?
After the mishap, the Federal Railroad Administration ordered Amtrak
to broaden its use of an existing signal technology designed to prevent such an incident.
Over the life of the bill, Amtrak
's operating subsidy would be reduced by 40 percent through cost cutting, restructuring and reform, while capital funding to Amtrak
and the states for intercity passenger rail projects would be increased.
IT APPEARS AMTRAK
ACHIEVED NONE OF ITS GOALS SET OUT IN YOUR OWN MANDATE--
Joseph Vranich, a member of the Amtrak
Reform Council, and Edward Hudgins of the Cato Institute, have taken note of what Amtrak
has realized for all these billions: perhaps three-tenths of one percent of all intercity passengers.
As if its conflicted mission weren't enough, Amtrak
has been forced to operate on the cheap.
In the end, Acela is functionally the same old Amtrak
with a bullet-train bonnet, running on track that includes tunnels dating back to the Civil War and switching equipment not much younger.
is now accepting Diners Club International, JCB and UnionPay credit cards as payment options for Amtrak
The engineer who died in Sunday's Amtrak
crash previously expressed concerns about his safety on the train, according to his brother.