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"Since its inception, Amtrak's network infrastructure has been underfunded by Congress.  At the same time, Amtrak's loans have not been repaid, rather forgiven or otherwise obfuscated via other Federal grant programs.  Throughout its existence, Amtrak has become more of a participant in political football than a vibrant business enterprise, mindful of its bottom line and indispensable role in serving the country and its people."

"RAILnet-21 is the first coherent proposal I've seen that brings a business perspective to Amtrak rail operations and infrastructure management, while ensuring a funding source to solve the extensive backlog of necessary repairs and upgrade projects, such as Gateway, maintaining state-of-good-repair and safety systemwide."

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