The Allocation of Costs and Control: A Case Study of PRIIA Section 209 and Amtrak State-Supported Routes

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The Allocation of Costs and Control: A Case Study of PRIIA Section 209 and Amtrak State-Supported Routes

Abstract: 

This report examines how Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act (PRIIA) Section 209 impacted National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) intercity routes and state partners, using the Pacific Surfliner route as a case study. To determine how the cost policy impacted the Pacific Surfliner service, the study draws on both an analysis of ridership and financial data and expert interviews.

The report presents the study findings from a comparison of ridership and farebox recovery statistics before and after the implementation of PRIIA Section 209, as well as interviews with staff from the LOSSAN Agency and the State of California to assess their views on how PRIIA has affected their working relationship with Amtrak. The conclusion section summarizes the key findings about the best path forward for the LOSSAN Agency and State of California to maintain successful operation of Amtrak intercity service within the confines of PRIIA Section 209.

Authors: 

LAUREN GERMAN

Lauren German is a rail and transit planner and project manager with WSP USA’s Transit and Rail national business line. Lauren received her MS in Transportation Management from the Mineta Transportation Institute in June 2021 and has a BA in Visual Arts-Media with a minor in Literature-Writing from the University of California, San Diego. She and her family are big Disney fans and look forward to riding the Disneyland Railroad again soon.

Published: 
April 2022

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