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July 2, 2012, pg 2; FAS) (O'Toole's main complaint about trains is that they are heavily subsidized. It is true that like all other forms of transportation,
including intercity buses, rail is subsidized. According to the nonpartisan Pew Charitable Trusts' SubsidyScope program,
passenger rail received direct expenditure subsidies of nearly $2.4 billion between 2000 and 2009. This subsidy
would have been greater, but Amtrak's profitable Acela Express service generates enough revenue to support other
lines, bringing in over $100 million in annual net revenue for both 2009 and 2010. This highly profitable service is
exactly what Mr. O'Toole urges Americans not to build in his policy analysis. While $2.4 billion over ten years
seems like a substantial sum, it pales in comparison to public spending on highways. O'Toole has defended highway
spending by claiming that the highway system is paid for by users: since drivers pay the gas tax, highway tolls, and taxes on
tires, they're paying their own way and are not being subsidized, the argument g...
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