Here is my answer to these questions: Given the history of U.S. rail-including the legislative history and attempts at privatization (yes, there have been companies that wanted to acquire passenger routes from Amtrak)-there appears to be no way, whatsoever, in which a rail plan could possibly work, that is, at least not without direct sponsorship and support from the Washington, D.C.
In reality, money has absolutely nothing to do with this privatization effort. The U.S. Government still controls Amtrak and it has appears to have no interest in doing anything about the drain on taxpayers.
So, if we seriously want commuter rail in Vermont, we're going to need public support in order to make it a reality. Our leaders appear unwilling to do anything.
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