Arnold Kling

The Case Against Amtrak

Arnold Kling, Great Questions of Economics
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Amtrak supporters say that it needs subsidies in order to maintain unprofitable routes. "Jane Galt" sees this as illogical.

Go figure? We're not giving Amtrak any money because NO ONE IN THE COUNTRY WANTS TO RIDE THE TRAIN! You've probably noticed this, manifested in the lack of passengers on most of your trains.

Discussion Question. What, if anything, makes passenger trains a public good?

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