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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.