Summary: Affirmative will sell or auction off the federally-owned system of passenger rail, Amtrak. The plan is based on the erroneous premise that federal subsidies to Amtrak are excessive and bad.
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About "Amtrak Privatization (NEG)"
Affirmative will sell or auction off the federally-owned system of passenger rail, Amtrak. The plan is based on the erroneous premise that federal subsidies to Amtrak are excessive and bad.
First, they’re not improper, since all forms of transportation are to some extent subsidized. If you drove a car on a roadway, you benefited from a government subsidy, so it is strange to complain about one subsidy but not another.
Second, they’re not excessive, since the rate at which Amtrak is subsidized is far less than cars and highways. Ridership on Amtrak is large and growing, and it serves vital routes that people need. It even helps non-riders, as it reduces traffic congestion by keeping cars off the road, considering where all the train riders would be if they weren’t on a train.
Amtrak also operates some commuter rail lines that are essential to many poor who rely on them to get to their jobs and other vital services.
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