4/26/2005

Amtrack



Yet another case of government waste. Every year tons of money gets poured into Amtrack. How much exactly? I don't have a clue. I'm sure it's a bunch. I don't know anyone who even rides it. It may have been a good thing 50 years ago, but I think the time to do away with it is now. Let's privatize it!

15 Comments:

At 2:14 PM, Blogger Jude said...

Yeah, lets get rid of it. It is a complete waste of tax money. If we get rid of it, there will likely be several private companies stepping up to fill the demand (if there is one). Nobody is eager to get into the business now since there is a government subsidized monopoly. It is hard to compete with a company that does not need to turn a profit or even breakeven.

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At 2:25 PM, Blogger Winston said...

I took a field trip in the 3rd grade on an AmTrack. It was awesome! Then again what does a 3rd grader know about the pros and cons of privatization? I know a lot of Mexicans are killed in California and some use the trains as a way to commit suicide.

 
At 3:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah let's get rid of it to reduce our tax burden. Lets also get rid of the public school system, the post office, public hospitals, public roads, the military, the police, the fire dept. etc. In fact lets privatize everything and get the government off our backs once and for all. That way rich and powerful can exploit everybody else just like God intended.

 
At 3:35 PM, Blogger bschneider5 said...

There's always at least one smart alec in the group, and he's usually anonymous.

 
At 4:40 PM, Blogger Jude said...

I kind of agree with anomynous... lets gid rid of public transportation, public schools, and the post offices. Competition would make these things better. I do vote for keeping roads, police, fire, etc. We need the roads to enjoy our SUV's!!

 
At 4:49 PM, Blogger Princess said...

I didnt even know that the government did support the trains.

For something thats governtment sponsored you would think that the screenings for the conductors would be better. The only time anyone thinks about AmTrack is becuase they have crashed again.

 
At 6:35 PM, Blogger Alisa said...

I took a trip this spring, and when deciding on transportation I looked into Amtrak. Taking the train cost as much as it did to fly, but took a day and a half as opposed to four or five hours with the airlines.

I have to agree that making the industry more competitive might be a good idea.

 
At 7:26 PM, Blogger bschneider5 said...

I don't think this system is practical in today's society.

 
At 8:04 PM, Blogger Jo Janoski said...

The more things they privatize, the better, as far as I'm concerned! Private companies work hard to bow to the consumers' needs. Government-run entities seem unable to do that. They expect the consumer to adapt to them.

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At 2:26 AM, Blogger Bhaaluu said...

I heard that some pvt companies (read auto companies) took over railways in 1900s and made sure the train network went real bad. After that automobile sale was on boom and was the only option for short distance travel.

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At 4:55 AM, Blogger bschneider5 said...

Also that was before there was a thing called comercial flight. My wife just booked a flight round trip to San Francisco from Cincinnati, round trip for under $400. If a person can afford it or would rather stay on the ground, try greyhound.

 
At 11:38 AM, Blogger Cameron Weber said...

Well yes, wasteful or not, like all government spending it is special interest spending. Why should those who dont take Amtrack subsidize those who do? Not to get regional or class-based, but its mostly wealthy East Coast businesspeople who take the train. Who probably need less subsidizing than people who live where the train doesnt even go.

 
At 4:50 AM, Blogger bschneider5 said...

I just read an article about Amtrack losing $1 billion a year. Check it out!!!

 
At 8:37 PM, Blogger SatishTalim said...

I took a trip on Amtrack way back in 1999, during my business visit to CA. It was fun.

 
At 5:58 PM, Blogger EG said...

If you live in the MidWest, you don't see much of Amtrak (or what you see is long distance-type travel). In Washington DC, Amtrak is a major method of commuting to/from work. Amtrak's biggest and profitable routes are the East and West Coasts. However, Congress forces Amtrak to have unporfitable routes (the South Dakota Senator is fighting Amtrak from cutting a route that goes through SD) and the overall costs are outrageous.

Relative to privatizing train travel, most East Coast states have something like that - state-run commuter rails. This works for most local commuters but there is a great deal of travel between Boston-NYC-Philly-DC (weekly commuters) that no one state could handle.

I certainly can understand why someone in the MidWest would want to cut Amtrak.

 

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