Amtrak has operated its rail system for more than 40 years sharing revenues between different regions in the country. As a result, Amtrak has political support from both conservative Southern Republicans and liberal Democrats along the Northeastern coast.
In Great Britain, Railtrack, the railroad infrastructure and maintenance company, went bankrupt after five years of private ownership.
"The taxpayer portion of passenger rail funding in the UK increased after privatization [and] proposed savings did not materialize," Reconnecting America stated in its report.
Earlier this year, Edward Wytkind, president of the AFL-CIO's Transportation Trades Department, told a congressional committee that British privatization had poor results.
"Fares jumped, severe layoffs were implemented, and maintenance and safety suffered," he said, adding that accident rates increased.
Last week, Rockefeller called Amtrak "a lifeline for our nation's communities - including many among the Cardinal and Capitol Limited lines in West Virginia - and is an engine of economic growth."
"Amtrak provides West Virginians with an affordable way to get between small communities and big cities," he said, "and the Republican plan would put it in jeopardy."
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