For only losing $214 million
Workforces of Amtrak, the publically-funded railroad service, earned themselves a round of bonuses because their agency merely lost $214 million last year.
A second set of bonuses was scrapped after Amtrak fell far short of its customer satisfaction goals, according to the agency's inspector general.
Amtrak gave employees $11.2 million in bonuses as part of a short-term incentive program, which was designed to reward staff if they managed to keep operating losses under $305 million in 2014.
The other half of the incentive program would have seen millions in additional bonuses showered on employees had they been able to satisfy 84.25 percent of their customers. However the customer satisfaction sat at 81 percent last year.
6_Photo: Amtrak employees with the Acela which is Amtrak's high-speed rail service along the northeast corridor of the U.S. between Washington, D.C. and Boston via Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York. (Media Photo: U.S: Governments Library)
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