POCATELLO, Idaho - A study focused on restoring passenger rail service to southern Idaho and eastern Oregon finds that the Amtrak route would lose money each year and be dependent on federal subsidies to make ends meet.
The feasibility study released last week also reports that costs to get Amtrak's Pioneer Route up and running could exceed $400 million.
The route once stretched from Denver to Portland and included stops in between in places like Pocatello and Boise. It was discontinued in 1997 because of financial losses.
But congressional leaders have been working to restore it, claiming residents in the region need more transportation options.
In the report, Amtrak vowed to work aggressively with state and federal partners to restore the route if Congress agrees to kick in the startup and annual operating costs.