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Hearings – U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation

Hearings – U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—For more than a century, intercity passenger rail has been the backbone of our transportation network, capably moving people throughout our nation to drive economic growth.  And for more than four decades, Amtrak has been our one and only national intercity passenger rail carrier—which Congress created to make this essential function continue when other railroads were shedding their passenger rail operations.

Since it was created in 1970, Amtrak has had a somewhat tortured history, being forced to survive on anemic budgets and whipsawed by near constant political micro management.  And yet, impressively, it continues do much more than just chug along.  In fact, this year, Amtrak is expected to again reach record-ridership levels with more than 30 million people taking the train.


Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Politics, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy

One Response

  1. When one anti-rail politician can cut a train, as Mica had the Sunset Ltd. cut east of NewOrleans, using egregiouis tactics at best, plus the largess of ma nature in the form of hurricane Katrina, Passenger rail is doomed anyway in this country. It does not serve those who need it. It does not serve many major cities, and when it does, the service is sketchy, inconvenient, and usually late, being at the mercy of the host railroads (The Public be damned – remember?). I am for killing it off, and would push for this harder, but as a retired railroader, I need to have those folks payiing into railroad retirement, so if it is shutdown, as it should be, I hope there is a private interest in taking it over.

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