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Amtrak

railroad service passenger

Amtrak, official nickname of the National Railroad Passenger Corp., established by Congress in an effort to halt the deterioration of railroad passenger service. Amtrak began operations on May 1, 1971, with 150 intercity trains. It improved service and increased ridership but, like the private carriers it replaced, accumulated large deficits, and has required government subsidies.

See also: Railroad.

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