God bless AMTRAK.
Have you ever wanted to travel across the amber waves of grain by train? Well thanks to an old corporate welfare program you can still criss cross this nation on the old iron horse.
In 1970 congress created Amtrak. Congress created the new rail service to help private railroads get out of the business of transporting people. Railroads had been loosing money for years with passenger service as alternative methods of transportation became more used alternatives. Congress rightly decided that an intercity passenger infrastructure should not be sacrificed by corporate bottom lines.