Forth in a series:Richard Schwartz of NY Daily News makes mincemeat of Mineta’s Proposal to kill Amtrak funds. He argus that while Amtrak subsidies have totaled $27Billion since inception, highways and aviation have received $1.9 Trillion. Most scathingly:
Now take a look at Mineta’s request under the “Office of the Secretary.” That includes planners, computers and Mineta’s personal staff. Last year it was a hefty $163 million, but is set to balloon next year to $336 million – about a third of what Amtrak should be getting. Nearly half of that goes toward a new DOT headquarters.