The premises are all false. Amtrak is not a failure. Our passenger rail system is far superior to many similar countries including Canada, Mexico, Australia and Argentina to name a few. Amtrak runs a national passenger railroad for what amounts to a rounding error in the federal budget. Pre-pandemic, it almost covered its costs. It generates a huge economic impact nationwide, particularly in the rural communities it serves. Britain privatized their rail system with a franchise system that seems to be what you’re suggesting. It’s been an abject failure, and British Rail is likely to be renationalized in the coming years. There is nothing wrong with Amtrak that good management and a supportive administration can’t fix. Those that consider Amtrak a failure judge it against unrealistic or imaginary visions. Fund Amtrak appropriately, get good management, and quit nit picking it.You have sent a strong message, and in commonality we both support a vibrant passenger system; I salute you!
But your point of view hasn't changed my perspective, and the thoughts of many others. If Amtrak were privatized it would be more more efficient. Here's what others are saying...
Private passenger rail service thrived in the United States between the mid–19th century and the early–20th century. By the late 1950s, however, passenger rail was struggling because of the rise of automobiles, buses, and airlines. Railroads faced large tax, regulatory, and union burdens not...www.downsizinggovernment.org
Its passengers are mostly silver-haired retirees, oil-field workers and a few young families gazing out the windows of Amtrak's least-profitable and third-longest line, rumbling from Chicago through eight states and on to the American West Coast.www.reuters.com
Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson is intent on reshaping the state-owned passenger railway into an economically-efficient inter-city operator. Kevin Smith examines Amtrak’s plans and the challenges facing the United States’ passenger operator.www.railjournal.com