Amtrak Explains How it Will Break Free from Federal Food Subsidy
Meals like this on Amtrak's Coast Starlight route are hurting the rail line's bottom line. jshyun / Flickr
The lines and services that lose Amtrak the most money are the ones the rail line can’t drop, thanks to congressmen and senators who know losing trains in their district will hurt them.
Excerpt from The Hill
Amtrak is vowing to eliminate losses on its concession sales in five years, responding to persistent GOP criticism of its food and beverage programs.
Former House Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. John Mica R-Fla. repeated criticized Amtrak during his tenure for reportedly losing $833 million on purchasing food and drinks to sell to passengers on its trains in the last decade.
Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman said this week that the subsidy would no longer be necessary in five years. “We have made steady and consistent progress, but it is time we commit ourselves to end food and beverage losses once and for all,” Boardman said in a statement.