Amtrak ridership hits record high ami...

Amtrak ridership hits record high amid GOP attacks

There are 6 comments on the Washington Examiner story from Oct 9, 2012, titled Amtrak ridership hits record high amid GOP attacks. In it, Washington Examiner reports that:

Amtrak trains carried 31.2 million passengers in the fiscal year ending in September, the highest annual ridership since the railroad was formed in 1971, the nation's intercity passenger railroad said Wednesday.

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Since: Nov 08

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#2 Oct 10, 2012
That's because nobody can afford gas in their car. Obama has taken more freedom away and made us more like India. This headline is gubmint propaganda and very misleading. The Washington Examiner should be ashamed of itself. Joseph Goebbels wasn't as boldfaced a liar as they are.
Crack Head

Maple Heights, OH

#3 Oct 10, 2012
So what??? Did those 31.2 Million passengers pay enough money in fares, that Amtrak will not be asking for another BILLION or 5, to cover the costs for another year???

“Yeah, but...”

Since: Sep 11


#4 Oct 10, 2012
Amtrak announces a record ridership and a record revenue.

And STILL they are losing money.

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#5 Oct 11, 2012
Imagine sharing an entire commercial flight with less than ten other passengers. Apparently, it happens all the time in the U.S. While fares have been steadily increasing for the rest of the country’s air travelers, close to 3000 passengers everyday fly on heavily subsidized flights to nearby cities. USA Today reports that they are part of a program, begun in 1978, that guarantees rural communities a commercial air service.

Fares are rock bottom. A round trip flight from Lewistown, Montana to Billings costs just $88, and it’s not uncommon to have flights with barely four passengers. As much as 93 percent of some of these flights is government subsidized.

The well intentioned program that started as part of the governments’ support scheme for rural America has steadily won its share of criticism. Many argue that such flights – which cost the government a cool $110 million every year – can be done away with because the hubs are close enough to be reached by road. For instance, at least 24 communities that enjoy these low cost services are reportedly within 90 miles from a decent sized airport that had at least a million passengers last year.

Even in the face of increased criticism, Congress has increased funding to the program, saying it provides access to these isolated communities, thereby aiding development.

Another example of your tax dollars hard at work!

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#6 Oct 11, 2012
From the first days of flight up until the 1970s, taxpayers, through the federal government, provided more than $155 billion in direct support for the aviation industry. Even after deregulation, federal and local governments have continued to provide infrastructure support, tax exemptions and low-cost financing. For example, the government has provided $4.64 billion in taxpayer funds for cash grants and $1.65 billion in loan guarantees in case the airline loan defaults.

After September 11, the industry received approximately $8 billion in federal assistance that continued even after most airlines returned to profitability. Furthermore, the federal pension reform legislation that was passed in 2004 and 2006 provided relief to the airlines valued at more than $3 billion.

Since 2002, in California alone, the airlines received approximately $487 million in state and local subsidies that included tax exemptions and low-interest bond financing. For example, the airlines are exempt from state sales taxes on jet fuel purchases for some flights. This exemption for international flights will cost the state and local governments more than $800 million from fiscal year 2005 to 2009. Despite this, the airlines still want to expand the exemption for out-of-state domestic flights.

Airlines at LAX have received approximately $1.3 billion in low-interest financing to improve or construct their facilities and buy equipment. United Airlines alone received $413 million in low-interest bond financing for improvements at LAX and San Francisco.

In days past, the airline industry provided jobs for the middle-class. It allowed the workers to provide for families, receive healthcare and a good retirement benefit. However, since 9/11, the airlines have turned to contracting policies, which drive down wages and benefits
America is Not the Same

Miami Beach, FL

#7 Oct 11, 2012
Just check and see who owns and runs Amtrak and Mac
Could be one reason why gas went up and Obama pushing for mass transportation

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