Editorial: Inject Competition Into Passenger Network

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The Hill

June 8, 2011

Representative Bill Shuster (R-PA), Chairman of the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Railroads, has penned an editorial in The Hill entitled “The time has come to end Amtrak’s Monopoly on Northeast Corridor.”  In addition to discussing the need to reform the most congested passenger corridor in America, Mr. Shuster outlines the potential benefits of injecting competition into our nation’s state funded intercity passenger rail network.  He writes that he is, along with full Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-FL):

“exploring opportunities to bring competition to other important intercity lines like the state supported routes funded jointly by states and Amtrak. These lines are one of the only areas where we have experienced growth in passenger ridership in recent years, yet they continue to lose money. Giving states the opportunity to hold competitive procurements for the operations and services on these lines will provide for greater control and increased accountability, and will drive down costs to taxpayers. Operated more effectively, these lines hold tremendous opportunities for generating revenue and increasing service for riders.”

AIPRO supports the initiative to allow the states to invest in and expand their passenger operations, deliver better service to the riding public, and do so in a manner that provides greater value for the taxpayer.

The full text of the editorial may be read at The Hill.