Sunday, June 24, 2007

Airports get more federal money than Amtrak

Guess who gets more federal money? Amtrak? Or the 'private' airlines?

Well, turns out, it's the airlines. They gets more than twice as much federal money as Amtrak.

So much for 'subsidized' Amtrak versus 'free-market' airlines.

Here's just the latest evidence from the Federal Times.

House subcommittee approves Amtrak funding for ’08
June 11, 2007
Funding for Amtrak and several federal housing grants would remain intact as part of a proposed fiscal 2008 spending bill, despite a request from President Bush to cut funding for the programs.

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The president’s request included significant cuts to Amtrak subsidies. The bill as passed by the subcommittee includes $1.4 billion for the agency — the president requested $800 million.

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The bill also contains $3.6 billion for the airport improvement program for upgrades at airports across the country, $850 million more than the president’s request; and $40.2 billion for highways, $600 million for than requested.

2 Comments:

Blogger plaws said...

Careful. Yes, the airlines certainly do get more subsidy than Amtrak, but you really need to include the relevant passenger-mile figures for both.

3:35 PM  
Blogger Dan Johnson-Weinberger said...

I know per capita Amtrak gets more than airlines, but the raw dollar amount is compelling in its own way.

5:39 PM  

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