Amtrak, P3 Misconceptions, And Future Of Passenger Rail

Law360, New York (December 12, 2013, 7:01 PM EST) -- Although routinely outshined by the political controversy of the moment, one of Washington's longest running debates — the future of the National Rail Passenger Corporation, i.e., Amtrak — steadfastly continues.

Formed in 1971 as part of a legislative compromise to stave off the impending extinction of the nation's passenger train industry, Amtrak was never intended to be a permanent solution. At the time, many politicians viewed the death of passenger rail as inevitable and did not at all think of Amtrak as a means to save...
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