Amtrak CEO Stephen Gardner:
Amtrak was excited to celebrate yesterday’s much-needed historic investment in passenger rail infrastructure. By law, the IIJA advanced appropriations is only allowed for dedicated infrastructure and capital projects such as bridges, tunnels and stations. Amtrak still relies on Congress to provide annual funding to run its trains and maintain its national network. We cannot use the IIJA funding announced yesterday to operate our trains or maintain our infrastructure, fleet and facilities.
The House-proposed bill to cut Amtrak’s annual appropriations by 64 percent would severely reduce our service nationally and impact thousands of jobs.