220-Cities-Losing-All-Passenger-Train-Service-per-Trump

Stations used by 144.6 million Americans will close

“…These working class communities—many of them located in the Midwest and the South—were tired of being treated like ‘flyover country.’ But by proposing the elimination of Amtrak’s long distance trains, the Trump Administration does them one worse, cutting a vital service that connects these small town economies to the rest of the U.S. These hard working, small town Americans don’t have airports or Uber to turn to; they depend on these trains.”
 
“What’s more, these proposed cuts come as President Trump continues to promise that our tax dollars will be invested in rebuilding America’s infrastructure,” continued Mathews. “Instead, we have seen an all-out assault on any project—public and private—that would advance passenger rail. These cuts and delays are costing the U.S. thousands of good-paying construction and manufacturing jobs in America’s heartland at this very moment.”

…The White House budget would lead to a nightmare scenario for people who depend on passenger rail, transit, commuter rail, and even regional air service in the United States, from Wall Street to Main Street. The proposal cuts $2.4 billion from transportation, a 13 percent reduction of last year’s funding, and includes:
 
Elimination of all federal funding for Amtrak’s national network trains, which provides the only national network service to 23 states, and the only nearby Amtrak service for 144.6 million Americans;
 
$499 million from the TIGER grant program, a highly successful program that invests in passenger rail and transit projects of national significance;
Elimination of $2.3 billion for the Federal Transit Administration’s “New Starts” Capital Investment Program, which is crucial to launching new transit, commuter rail, and light-rail projects.
 
Long distance rail routes open up enormous economic development opportunities, which the Administration’s proposal ignores or casts aside. The plan threatens the following long distances routes:
 
Gulf Coast Restoration – In development
Silver Star – Daily service
Cardinal – 3 trains/week
Silver Meteor – Daily service
Empire Builder – Daily service
Capitol Limited – Daily service
California Zephyr – Daily service
Southwest Chief – Daily service
City of New Orleans – Daily service
Texas Eagle – Daily service
Sunset Limited – 3 trains/week
Coast Starlight – Daily service
Lake Shore Limited – Daily service
Palmetto – Daily service
Crescent – Daily service
Auto Train – Daily service
 
And, at a minimum, the proposed White House elimination of long distance routes would result in …220 towns and cities losing all Amtrak service:

220-Cities-Losing-All-Passenger-Train-Service-per-Trump

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