The whole issue is that America’s railroads are not national infrastructure, they are private infrastructure. I believe Congress gave way to much to the railroads when AMTRAK was formed. If Congress had said, OK you don’t (won’t) do passenger service as in the original agreements (where they got millions of acres of land for payment to construct ) then we are taking back the rails. That would have made railroads like our Interstate Highways. A use fee for hauling on the tracks, open access to other haulers (competition !). The roads and stations, signals etc would all be nationally owned infrastructure. Fees for use would go to operation and maintarnende. It’s been done else where successfully. See the YouTube by High Speed Rail Alliance “Integrated Rail”.