Which is why we need multi-year authorizations and allocations.Much of what was done was fixing or replacing stuff that was broken. In a properly run railroad, that sort of stuff is considered maintenance, not investment, and is duly budgeted for.
It wasn't frittered away so much as refused, returned and rescinded after the fact.Then there was the high speed rail plan, for which a lot of starting money was put on the table. But much of that got frittered away, and now there is little to show for it.
What does the Sunset's schedule have to do with the office of the President?A daily Sunset Limited or a train between New Orleans and Florida is about as remote today, if not even remoter, than when Obama took office.