A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
But again, no, or very few, Government agencies have ever actually broken even or made money on any transit system in the world. Most are subsidies by the taxpayers and the reasons for providing such systems when few want them are suspect at best.
A high speed rail system from SF to San Diego will still be extremely unprofitable; particularly when the airlines charge the same or less for HIGHER speed transit.
Try to LEARN your lessons before you attempt to LECTURE.
Isn't the entire point of Amtrak the fact that it's unprofitable? I was under the impression that Amtrak was formed because passenger rail in the US is unprofitable and the industry would have disappeared had the government not taken it over. Do I have it wrong?
You may want to READ the Constitution if you do not believe me. This is not a debate about profitability; it is a debate about the wasteful spending of hard earned tax payer dollars to provide for a select few citizens for purely partisan political purposes.
I am never surprised when Liberals show an inability, or display willful ignorance, as to what these debates actually are about.
If those who prefer to ride rail want it, make them pay the cost to provide it. The reality is that is far more efficient and cheaper to take other forms of transportation; if it weren't, more people would ride the trains.
One of the biggest issues one has to confront when riding the trains, even in Europe, is the lack of assistance when getting their luggage on board the train and the effort and time it takes to get anywhere.
The problem being that the government has no business stealing from people to prop up a business that those very same people have declined to patronize.
It's exactly analogous to the Messiah's take over of GM. The People had decided that GM was crap and they didn't want to waste their money on what GM was selling. Therefore the government had no business to steal their money to prop up GM.
No business is "too big to fail", nor should any ever be considered as such.
Because Amtrak is "too big to fail", the government takes a loss on each passenger on the train going from Los Angeles to San Antonio of $432, which is almost what it costs to buy TWO airplane tickets.
Is the goal merely to make it economical for people to go from LA to San Antonio? Then it would be more cost effective for the government to GIVE AWAY airline tickets.
Clearly then, the goal isn't to provide transport but to subsidize jobs, and in that case, the government should cease immediately all passenger rail subsidies.