by Irish Chieftain
Upon reviewing an old Jersey Central main line commuter timetable from 1961, I noted that at the bottom of the fare list was a note that read:
* Federal tax of 10% not included. Consult Ticket Agents for corresponding fares from intermediate stations.Now, my information is incomplete as to where this revenue went after it was collected—and I am assuming that this tax was of course collected from other railroad passenger operations. Is this tax levied today? and of so or if not, would it make sense to levy a 10% surcharge on all passenger operations and dedicate it to them, including Amtrak of course who needs a dedicated revenue stream most direly, or would that be outside the realm of "charging what the market will bear"?