Meanwhile, a $17 million increase request from the Obama administration for the safety and operations budget of the Federal Railroad Administration, which includes funding for positive train control, was denied by the appropriations subcommittee. The budget was held level at $186 million.
My position on Amtrak is pretty clear. If the government insists on staying in the transportation business, then it is incumbent upon it to preserve, fully fund, and build upon Amtrak or some other public entity responsible for a nationwide passenger rail system. Otherwise, sell off not only Amtrak, but the highways, bridges, airports, and seaways. If that ever happens, everyone will be fighting me for a seat on the train.