Congress has decided that high-speed rail spending bad, but airline subsidies are very, very good:
The House has rejected an attempt to cut off subsidized air travel to rural towns and cities where taxpayer costs exceed $250 per ticket.
The current permissible subsidy is $1,000 per ticket. That’s forced just a handful of communities to lose service. New reforms in a transportation funding bill being debated by the House cut those subsidies to $500 a ticket or $1,000 per round trip to airports subsidized by the $200 million-plus Essential Air Service program.