WASHINGTON – Amtrak issued the following statement today on the passing of Sen. Frank Lautenberg:
“We mourn the passing of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a tireless advocate of Amtrak, passenger rail and improved mobility for the entire Northeast region.
“His instrumental leadership through the years provided for the development of numerous key rail transportation projects including electrifying the Boston segment of the Northeast Corridor making Acela Express high-speed service possible. He also led the proposed Gateway Program to provide increased rail, bridge, tunnel and station capacity for intercity and commuter rail service between Newark, N.J., and Penn Station New York.
“His legacy will continue to be felt for generations to come as Americans everywhere increasingly utilize the passenger rail system he championed.”
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