One Day After Wreck, Increased Funding for Amtrak Fails in a House Panel. (The New York Times, 5/13/2015)
Paying the price for being far too blue.
The scene in the hearing room was a replay of the swirling politics that have threatened to consume Amtrak in the four decades since it was nationalized by the United States government. Like the rest of the country’s crumbling public infrastructure, its aging rail beds and decades-old trains are sagging under increased use, especially in the Northeast, where nearly three-quarters of all travel takes place on the trains, not on planes. [Emphasis added]