"Your chances of failure are almost 100 percent with the current system, even with the training that you employ. I can thwart the AIT machines," said Rep. John L. Mica, Florida Republican and former chairman of the House Transportation Committee.
"One of the biggest waste programs that we have, and that needs reform, is Amtrak," Mr. Mica said. "It's basically a Soviet-style federal transportation program which the federal government and some special interests won't let loose. Almost the entire world is now competing; the European Union will require competition rail service over state-owned service. We've seen privatization in England, Germany, Japan, Italy, where the price can go down and the quality of the service goes up. And more people are employed in the industry."