In other words, the [Amtrak] subsidy alone would have been enough to give every single Hiawatha rider a free trip on Greyhound or Megabus (at the low cost of $7 per trip).When the subsidy is high enough to entirely cover the ticket price of a competing mode of travel, you're in a whole 'nother world. So why do we do this? The Antiplanner hits center mass:
Until that happens, now you know why you should be happy that your tax dollars are going to subsidize Amtrak: so that a few snobs who won’t ride ordinary buses can get subsidies to ride expensive and mostly empty trains.Yup. Class warfare in action.