Peter Bagge's anti-Amtrak screed screed
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tr.v. sub·si·dized, sub·si·diz·ing, sub·si·diz·es
1. To assist or support with a subsidy.
2. To secure the assistance of by granting a subsidy. . The subsidies to Amtrak are simply up front and visible.
The subsidies to other forms of transport are called "infrastructure improvements." Moreover, citing the $30 billion cumulative subsidy subsidy, financial assistance granted by a government or philanthropic foundation to a person or association for the purpose of promoting an enterprise considered beneficial to the public welfare. is misleading when the annual subsidy paid to Amtrak is pretty small compared to the vast amounts of pointless road subsidies paid every year.
In response to the call for the elimination of all subsidies to Amtrak, I say, "Great idea! And while we're at it, let's eliminate all subsidies for every other form of transportation, just to be fair." I expect that under those conditions, train travel would suddenly look a lot more economical, but that's only because all of the other forms of travel, without the hidden subsidies, would suddenly become far more expensive.