U.S., Commentary: Can Private Intercity Passenger Rail Return to America?

By Scott Beyer, Catalyst; June 30, 2020

Private rail transport can work in the United States—we know because it still does.

America’s freight rail network has been robust for decades, due to 1980 federal legislation that reduced price controls and barriers to entry. The policy change helped make the U.S. the world’s leading freight rail network, more than doubling 2nd-place Germany in percentage of freight transported by rail.

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