Veronique de Rugy: Amtrak Has Problems, But a Lack of Funding Is Not One of Them


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After the recent Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia, some politicians and pundits used the terrible tragedy to perpetuate the misleading claim that the federal government's passenger rail operation suffers from a lack of taxpayer assistance. This rush to judgment was unsurprising, given that misfortune is sometimes synonymous with opportunity in the eyes of the political class.

Yes, Amtrak has a lot of problems, writes Veronique de Rugy, but a lack of federal funding isn't one of them.