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Amtrak isn't about profits

Amtrak isn't about profits

What's good about being older is you lived the history of certain events. One that I witnessed was the reason Amtrak came to exist. Prior to 1971, passenger trains were operated by the private railroad companies. Over time, it was obvious the train could not compete with the convenience and speed of the airplane. Even in the 1950s, the DC-4 and DC-6 airplanes would fly over 300 miles per hour. The train could not come close to matching that performance.

So passenger rail service became a guaranteed money loser and private companies never keep money losing operations going, no matter their importance to society. That's were government stepped in to make sure interstate passenger rail...