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Amtrak Funding in FY 2018 Budget

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The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) officially began service in May 1971. Amtrak serves more than 500 stations in 46 states and operates over a network of more than 21,000 route miles. Ridership is over 2.7 million people per year. If funding for long distance trains is cut and the trains eliminated, a number of jobs will be lost, people who have limited travel options will be left without viable transit. Amtrak accounts for a minuscule portion of the budget and the impacts of its losing long distance trains will only enhance a transportation decline.

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Aug 11th, 2017
Tom R. from Santa Fe, NM writes:
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Many people don't fly and rural communities need train service. In New Mexico we depend on Amtrak. All civilized countries except the US support public transportation on a robust level. Increase Amtrak spending.
Aug 1st, 2017
Craig P. from Mcloud, OK writes:
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Why is it that this country is trying to kill it's train systems (except in the profitable NE Corridor) when China, Singapore, India and others are building rail passenger service at a rapid pace to service their burgeoning populations. All forms of transportation are subsidized, expenditures for air service and associated airports and technical costs are many times what is spent on our railway system. We need better and more frequently departing trains in many parts of our country, not less.
Jul 22nd, 2017
Stephen M. from Miami, FL writes:
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We need to focus on increased public transit - not a reduction - to reduce pollution and transportation-related expenses.
May 4th, 2017
Monty C. from Pueblo, CO writes:
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Keep Amtrak and expand it, not cut it back. People in remote areas of this country need it. Also many people would lose their jobs if it is cut back. I would be very dissappointed if it was cut and will vote only for those who want to keep long distance passenger trains.
May 4th, 2017
Monty C. from Pueblo, CO writes:
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Keep Amtrak and expand it, not cut it back. People in remote areas of this country need it. Also many people would lose their jobs if it is cut back. I would be very dissappointed if it was cut and will vote only for those who want to keep long distance passenger trains.
May 4th, 2017
Monty C. from Pueblo, CO writes:
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Keep Amtrak and expand it, not cut it back. People in remote areas of this country need it. Also many people would lose their jobs if it is cut back. I would be very dissappointed if it was cut and will vote only for those who want to keep long distance passenger trains.
Apr 7th, 2017
Someone from Horseshoe Bend, AR writes:
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We need Amtrak!
Apr 4th, 2017
Sanjay D. from Seattle, WA signed.
Mar 22nd, 2017
Someone from Cedar Falls, IA signed.
Mar 20th, 2017
Someone from Green Valley, AZ writes:
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there are people who can not fly due to a multiple of reasons. Keep the long distance trains!
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