Prohibit Sleeper Car Subsidies on Amtrak

  • Potential 10 Year Savings: $1.2 Billion
  • Sponsor: Rep. Mac Thornberry
  • Legislation:
  • Status: Voted on House Floor

While only 16 percent of Amtrak long-distance passengers opt for "sleeper class" travel, as opposed to coach class, federal taxpayers provide substantial extra subsidies for this first class travel. Passengers in long-distance first class travel are provided a sleeping room, many with a private toilet and shower, turn-down service, and complimentary entertainment and pre-paid food. Yet, Amtrak loses more than twice as much per passenger (an average of $396) for first class service as compared to coach class service. These losses are made up by taxpayers. This proposal would eliminate subsidies for first-class service and require Amtrak to provide any first class service at cost.

ERIC CANTOR