Transportation Infrastructure Parity
The purpose of TIP is to serve as a central repository of ideas, research
and proposals to establish parity among the infrastructures of different
modes of transportation. Since rail has not been treated equally in
government policies nor funding, the philosophy of TIP is decidedly
(The views expressed on this page are my own and do not reflect
the views of those that have been the source of information for
this section of TrainWeb. -- Steve Grande)
$654. Billion: Expansion of the State of Maryland ports
$ 32.3 Billion: Highway Spending (Proposed for FY 2002)
$ 13.3 Billion: Aviation Spending (Proposed for FY 2002)
$ 13. Billion: Boston's "Big Dig"
$ 12. Billion: Proposed expansion of LA International Airport (1/20/01)
$ 6. Billion: Wilson Bridge project I-95
$ 3. Billion: Expansion to Dulles Airport
$ 1. Billion: Expansion of the Red River Waterway
$ 0.65 Billion: 3.5 mile Las Vegas Monorail (1/24/01)
$ 0.57 Billion: Amtrak's National System Funding (FY 2000)
Data brought to my attention courtesy of
Jim Norton, Merritt Mullen and Dave Pedersen
The United States government has been very active in supporting the
transporation infrastructure from almost the start of this nation. With
the exception of rail, the transportation infrastructure has been planned,
built and maintained by the government. This includes our highways, airways,
and even waterways, but does not include the railways.
In every mode of passenger transportation, the government is the primary
provider of the infrastructure and the private sector is the primary
provider of the vehicles, except rail. Rail is the only mode of passenger
transportation in which these rolls are reversed. For rail, the private
sector provides the infrastructure and the government provides the passenger
vehicles, a system that is known as "Amtrak".
TIP contends that this reversal of rolls has been a major contributor
to the problems that have plagued the rail industy throughout its history
and is especially a cause of current problems in the rail industry. TIP
also contends that this reversal of rolls is the primary reason why this
nation does not have a modern, useful and financially feasible passenger
Note: This web page is a "work-in-progress".
Funding Authorized for Amtrak by Congress vs.
the Actual Funding Received by Amtrak from the Congress:
FY 1998: Authorized: $1,138,000,000 Actual: $ 582,000,000
FY 1999: Authorized: $1,058,000,000 Actual: $ 609,700,000
FY 2000: Authorized: $1,023,000,000 Actual: $ 571,000,000
FY 2001: Authorized: $ 989,000,000 Actual: $ 521,500,000
FY 2002: Authorized: $ 955,000,000 Actual: $ 521,500,000
Authorized Total: $5,163,000,000 Actual: $2,805,700,000
Amtrak has only received 54.34% of the amount
that Congress authorized for it from 1998 to 2002.
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