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Privatized British Rail Leaves Amtrak in the Dust

From the Replacing Amtrak blog comes an update on the impressive state of U.K. rail on the tenth anniversary of privatization:

In marking the 10th anniversary of the first British passenger train services to run in the private sector, the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) says that improvements include thousands of new trains, more passenger journeys, increased numbers of services and much greater choice. Passenger traffic has grown more than 40% since 1996, and freight continues to grow, too. By comparison, Amtrak and other publicly run railways don’t come close to matching Britain’s growth.

Read the whole post for many more details…. (hat tip: NTU’s Government Bytes blog)

Leonard Gilroy is Senior Managing Director of the Pension Integrity Project at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. The Pension Integrity Project assists policymakers and other stakeholders in designing, analyzing and implementing public sector pension reforms.