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Amtrak

(Encyclopedia) Amtrak, the National Railroad Passenger Corp., authorized to operate virtually all intercity passenger railroad routes in the United States. Amtrak was created by Congress in 1970 in…

Spuyten Duyvil Creek

(Encyclopedia) Spuyten Duyvil Creek spī´tən dī´vəl, tidal channel, now a ship canal, c.1 mi (1.6 km) long, SE N.Y., in New York City. It separates the northern tip of Manhattan island from the…

public ownership

(Encyclopedia) public ownership, government ownership of lands, streets, public buildings, utilities, and other business enterprises. The theory that all land and its resources belong ultimately to…

subsidy

(Encyclopedia) subsidy, financial assistance granted by a government or philanthropic foundation to a person or association for the purpose of promoting an enterprise considered beneficial to the…

Super Chief

Originally operated by the Santa Fe Railway beginning in 1936, the Super Chief ran from Chicago to Los Angeles. It was considered one of the best long-distance trains in the U.S. and was renowned…

railroad

(Encyclopedia) railroad or railway, form of transportation most commonly consisting of steel rails, called tracks, on which trains of freight cars, passenger cars, and other rolling stock are drawn…

20th Century Limited

The 20th Century Limited debuted in 1902 as the New York Central's luxury train, operating between New York and Chicago. It traveled the smooth “water level route” alongside the Hudson River and the…

utility, public

(Encyclopedia) utility, public, industry required by law to render adequate service in its field at reasonable prices to all who apply for it. Public utilities frequently operate as monopolies in…

Quasi-Official Agencies

American Red Cross—2025 E St., NW (20006)Legal Services Corporation—3333 K St., NW 3rd Fl. (20007-3522)National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, National Research Council…