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OFFICE: RPD REPORT NUMBER: SUBJECT: Evaluation KEYWORDS: Amtrak, Route Structure, Route Recommendations ABSTRACT: In 1970, t h e Rail Passenger Service Act was enacted into
law, and on May 1, 1971, federally sponsored intercity rail
passenger service began. The Act, which envisioned limited
interim Federal funding, had as its objective the improvement of
deteriorating rail passenger service and the establishmen of
such service as a profitable operation . The results of seven
years of operation are mixed. Amtrak has improved and increased
rail passenger service but, instead of becoming profitable, its
losses are increasing rapidly . The limited Federal funding which
was envisioned has become continuous and large.
Disturbed by Amtrak's ever-increasing deficit, the Congress
has requested the Department to undertake a reexamination of t h e
Amtrak route structure. This report is the Department's response
to the Congressional request. It contains the Department's
preliminary recommendations for a new Amtrak route structure and
presents sufficient background information and data to permit a
careful evaluation of chose recommendations by the Congress and
the public. It also introduces and discusses a series of policy
related issues regarding the operation of the Amtrak system -in
the hope that there will be sufficient public comment on those
issues to provide the Department with valuable guidance in formulating the final Amtrak route structure recommendations. The
recommended system presented in this report is considered to be
"preliminary," in anticipation of passage of legislation authorizing the route system implementation process and because t h e
Department desire to have benefit of public comment before
providing the Congress with final recommendations.