Opinion: Amtrak’s long-distance routes lose the most money while Northeast corridor makes the most

THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR route of Amtrak makes more money than any other line, while longer distance routes lose money. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES/JOE RAEDLE
THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR route of Amtrak makes more money than any other line, while longer distance routes lose money. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES/JOE RAEDLE
By the time it crossed the Mississippi River at Burlington, Iowa, last week, our California Zephyr was running more than eight hours late on its journey from the San Francisco Bay Area to Chicago. The last meal, a free, off-menu beef stew, had just been served in the dining car. My wife and I opted instead…

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