Amtrak is the first rail company to offer rail passes that allow individuals to travel on our network. The company has been selling passes since 2003, and the pass allows riders to travel on over 400 different rail lines in all 50 states. For most people, Amtrak is a great way to save for a rainy day.

The problem is that Amtrak’s new passes are being sold for $99 per year, so anyone who can afford a pass will be able to ride for free! I’m a big fan of paying for things I can use, so while I will admit I’m skeptical of the new passes (and my first thought is probably “are you kidding me? I’m paying $99 a year for a pass that doesn’t save me money.


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