infrastructure is too old to maintain.
Your ignorance is showing. While there is some old rail infrastructure still out there, most has been replaced or is scheduled to be replaced in the next few years. My company annouced last month that they will spend 1.8 Billion dollars next year on infrastructure, up from 1.5 billion last year. At the same time it posted a 69% operating ratio, which means for every $1.00 it earns, $.31 is pure profit. I am not quite sure how that makes rail "dead." The Northeast corridor is a success at moving mass amounts of people. Does it run on taxpayer support? You bet, however please show me a form of passenger transportation that doesn't.