One of the arguments people make against trains is they don't want taxpayers to subsidize trains.
But a new report out indicates that highways are being subsidized more than trains.
So instead of subsidizing trains, it looks like train riders are subsidizing drivers.
Here's a great story on it. And here is another source.
Today only 51% of highways is paid for by users (gas taxes, vehicle taxes). In 1970, that figure was 71%. The reason for the drop is that gas taxes have not been raised in decades. By comparison, train riders from Milwaukee to Chicago pay 62% to 65% of the cost, far more than the cost of driving.
You are subsidizing car drivers if:
If you are under 30
You are over 65
If you drive less than average.
Basically, baby boomers are only 46% of the population, but they drive 59% of the miles. So the rest of society - - your children included - - have to subsidize your driving.