- a government-subsidized public corporation created by Congress in 1970 to operate a national intercity passenger railroad system through contracts with existing railroads.
Origin of Amtrak
Am(erican) tra(vel on trac)k
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Examples from the Web for amtrak
But on the Southwest Chief—and Amtrak trains in general—food and beverages are a financial drain.
In the last five years, Amtrak has grown increasingly reliant on public subsidies at all levels of government.
And to keep the Southwest Chief running, Amtrak is now seeking additional state aid of $120 million over the next decade.
Now Amtrak says it needs another $151 billion to bring high-speed rail to the corridor by 2040.
Congress is mulling a bill that would allow pets to ride along with their owners on Amtrak trains.Dogs on Amtrak: Yay or Nay? Take Our Poll
The Daily Beast
August 31, 2013
Word Origin and History for amtrak
U.S. government-run railway corporation, 1971, contraction of American Track. Also is known as National Railway Passenger Corp.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper