Transportation Policy

Republicans Would Pull The Plug on Amtrak

Rail operator costs $1.5 billion last year

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WASHINGTON (AP)—Warning to Amtrak from Mitt Romney and Republicans: You're on your own.

The platform Republicans adopted at their recent convention includes a call for full privatization and an end to subsidies for the nation's passenger rail operator, which gobbled up almost $1.5 billion in federal funds last year.

The platform says taxpayers dole out almost $50 for every Amtrak ticket.