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Very interesting story in today’s NY Times about Amtrak: A loss of $834 million on food sales over the past ten years.   What a shame, really.  In comparison to other countries where there are pride, consistency, quality, and value in trains, Amtrak is a model of indifference, poor service, and lousy food.

They could make money on the food.  In Japan, each train station, and on the trains, food is sold that is well-priced and delicious.  For $10, you get a box lunch and add $2?  Cold beer.  The same goes throughout the EU, Switzerland, China, and India.

The loss of the $834 million is not actually due to poor sales.  The article noted instead that,  “Amtrak lost more than $800 million on its food and beverage services over the last 10 years, largely because of waste, employee theft and lack of proper oversight, government auditors have found.”

 

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