Trump budget slashes funding for Amtrak long-distance service

(Source: Progressive Railroading 03/12/2019) President Donald Trump’s fiscal-year 2020 budget request submitted yesterday calls for “restructuring” Amtrak and slashing the railroad’s budget to emphasize shorter distance routes. Administration officials cited low ridership and large operating losses on longer distance routes for the need to restructure the national intercity passenger rail system. “The administration believes that restructuring the Amtrak system…

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Microsoft leads charge for high-speed rail corridor in Pacific Northwest

(Source: Freight Waves, January 21, 2019)  CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Commuters in the Pacific Northwest love to complain about how slow (and archaic) it is to travel between Portland and Seattle by train. It takes about three and a half hours to traverse the 170-mile distance on the Amtrak Cascades, which runs only four trains per…

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Transportation bill would require Amtrak to employ one ticketing agent in each state

(Source: Progressive Railroading 06/11/2018) U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has secured language in a federal transportation appropriations bill that would ensure Amtrak employs at least one ticketing agent in every state. Manchin lobbied for the measure after Amtrak announced it was terminating its only ticketing agent position in West Virginia. Although Amtrak sells most of its tickets…

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