Amtrak's Fast Train To Nowhere?

Delays in the high-speed Acela may threaten the railroad's future

So much for on-time arrivals. Acela, Amtrak's much-vaunted high-speed train, will now leave the station next spring, at least six months behind schedule, the federally funded rail line announced on Sept. 1. The delay--caused by excessive wear to Acela wheels in tests--could have far-reaching repercussions. Amtrak Chief Executive George D. Warrington is in a race against time to make Amtrak, also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corp., self-sufficient before Congress ends operating subsidies in 2002.

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