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Intercity Passenger Rail: National Policy and Strategies Needed to Maximize Public Benefits from Federal Expenditures
JayEtta Z. Hecker (au)
Intercity passenger rail service is at a critical juncture in the U.S. Amtrak, the current service provider, requires $1 billion a year in fed. subsidies to stay financially viable but cannot keep pace with its deteriorating infrastructure. At the same time, the fed. govít. faces growing fiscal challenges. This report reviewed: (1) the existing U.S. system & its potential benefits; (2) how foreign countries have handled passenger rail reform & how well the U.S. is positioned to consider reform; (3) challenges inherent in attempting reform efforts; & (4) potential options for the fed. role in intercity passenger rail. The author analyzed data on intercity passenger rail performance & studied reform efforts in Canada, France, Germany, Japan, & the UK. Charts & tables.
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