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    Is "socially distant" seating no longer used?

    On the Acela recently, I was seated with one person right in front of me and another person right behind me (in the single seats along one side of the car). So much for social distancing there, too.
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    Legislation to Provide Permanent Funding for Amtrak

    Thanks. For #2, I thought that the Acela or the HHP locomotives (or both) were leased. So Amtrak is still doing it, or at least did it recently. For #3, private companies or other operators may have efficiencies that simply allow them to perform the relevant service at lower cost. Running 1...
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    Legislation to Provide Permanent Funding for Amtrak

    Great points, thanks. For "making Amtrak cooperate": if I recall correctly, Amtrak didn't want to cooperate with Iowa Pacific in Indiana and hasn't wanted to cooperate with other private operators. I'd need to look more into how the EU made the SNCF and other state-owned railroads cooperate...
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    Legislation to Provide Permanent Funding for Amtrak

    Thanks. All of the things that I list are things that either Amtrak or other railroads have done. For 1, you're right; however, surely there are some opportunities to explore. For example, how has Amtrak monetized Penn Station, which it owns? Even the tiny dinky Amtrak station in...
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    Legislation to Provide Permanent Funding for Amtrak

    To respond to some posts above, asking where private-sector dollars could be used: 1. Real estate: Amtrak already has partnered with private developers around 30th Street Station and Washington Union Station. Surely there is other real estate that could be redeveloped or otherwise...
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    Legislation to Provide Permanent Funding for Amtrak

    Everyone, I think I've come close--or perhaps crossed--the line of fighting and rudeness. I shouldn't do that, as I appreciate everyone in this thread and his/her views. My only point is Amtrak ought to seek ADDITIONAL sources of funding from the private sector IN ADDITION to government funds...
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    Legislation to Provide Permanent Funding for Amtrak

    Actually it does. Please see the second line at 49 CFR § 700.2 - Organization and functioning of Amtrak. CFR is the Code of Federal Regulations- the rules that are implemented once a law (here, referred to as "the Act") is passed by Congress. The citation above is just the rules that put...
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    Legislation to Provide Permanent Funding for Amtrak

    That's your OPINION. Yes, many politicians share that view. By the terms of legislation, and corporate law, it's a for-profit business (but with some smoothing around the hard edges of "for-profit" due to varying mandates by Congress over the years). The for-profit requirement has not been...
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    Legislation to Provide Permanent Funding for Amtrak

    That's the Code of Federal Regulations. That's not even legislation. And it doesn't override a charter. But, just because you asked, I did, and CFR 49 states: The Act requires that Amtrak be operated and managed as a for-profit corporation I suggest you read the New York Times, which...
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    Legislation to Provide Permanent Funding for Amtrak

    Doesn't work that way. A charter can be superseded by an amendment to the charter.
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    Legislation to Provide Permanent Funding for Amtrak

    If that's the case, then Amtrak's 2020 annual report contains material misstatements. It says that the four private railroads still own common stock...
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    Legislation to Provide Permanent Funding for Amtrak

    Actually, Amtrak is, by the terms of its charter, a for-profit business, and it is partially owned by private railroads. You tell me: why shouldn't Amtrak ADD to its sources of funding by seeking additional sources of funding? Even if Amtrak were just a public service, there are plenty of...
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    Legislation to Provide Permanent Funding for Amtrak

    The "rich guys" who "throw money" at passenger rail are not hypothetical. They do today. Fortress Investments is run by such people and it is funding Brightline, both in Florida and in the West. Same for Texas HSR and other projects. And to be clear (again): my point is that Amtrak should...
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    Legislation to Provide Permanent Funding for Amtrak

    Amtrak also exists in a competitive marketplace. Plenty of people can choose to fly or take the train, and plenty of people can pay for first-class travel. Amtrak needs to offer a level of service that is competitive with other modes of transportation in order to generate revenues from...
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    Legislation to Provide Permanent Funding for Amtrak

    Sleepers are the highest class of service on the train. They were called first class for a long time before. If cruddy amenities on the Crescent can't be counted in any discussion of first class travel because the Crescent doesn't use the term "first class", then, fine. Let's remove any...
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