PHL-CAW
3/30/2005
  Lies, damn lies, and statistics --
Judging by what I have read, the $29 billion we have invested since 1971 on AmTrak is a bargain compared to what FAA has done with its federal funding. Not to mention at least the North East corridor was open after 911 (because of Amtrak) when all air traffic was grounded. The General Accounting Office estimates the cost of the push to modernize its information systems that the FAA started in 1981 will top $45 billion by 2005.

I say either cut all funding to FAA/TSA and Amtrak or fund them both equally and let them compete for passengers. FAA received another $15 plus billion in subsidy this year and how much have we spent on the TSA since 2001? Please remind us again Mr Mineta, how many airlines made money in 2004? Exactly how much money will the federal government spend on FAA/TSA funding per passenger if levels reach 1 billion by 2015? Whatever it is going to be, I say it's too much.

Stephen Donato
www.phl-caw.org


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