According to charts shown by Republican committee staff members during the hearing, Amtrak charges about $2 for a soft drink, but the cost to taxpayers is about $3.40 when labor is included. A $9.50 hamburger on the train costs taxpayers $16, the charts showed. Labor adds nearly 60 percent to food and beverage costs.
DQ here. I’m not so much upset about the train, as I am about the cost of decades of delay in actually doing anything to build it. As for paying for it, looks like I’m leaving California just in time.
Thought it may be of interest to readers. Trains, planes or automobiles. I haven’t been on a train in years (decades actually) other than mass transit local trains. As you know, California discovered yet another way to spend money. California Bullet Train Law Signed At Historic Union Station …
No way to run a railroad: “Only a government subsidized operation could sell hamburgers for $10 each and lose money.”
Amtrak Lost $834 Million on Food in Last Decade Theft by Amtrak food service employees could cost the agency $4 million to $7 million annually.