WASHINGTON – Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman made the following statement on today’s action by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development regarding proposed federal funding for Amtrak in FY 2014:
“The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee proposed FY 2014 funding level for Amtrak of $1.45 billion is a realistic and workable number. It recognizes the need for federal investment to operate and maintain the Amtrak national network, and to keep the Northeast Corridor the safe and reliable economic engine that it is today.
“Even at this funding level, however, there is a significant amount of critical backlog infrastructure work that will not get done. In order for the nation’s intercity passenger rail system to reach its full potential, Amtrak will need higher and sustained levels of federal capital funding.”
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