The mission of the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) is to work for a modern, customer-focused national passenger train network that provides a travel choice Americans want.
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The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation & Housing proposed slashing funding for Amtrak to $1.1 billion—a reduction of more than $357 million from what Amtrak received in FY2011. Significantly, the operating grant would be cut 60%--from $563 million in 2010 and 2011, down to $227 million. The bill requires states to pay 100% of costs of operations of short corridors. This apparently overrides ongoing negotiations among states and Amtrak aimed at complying with Amtrak’s 2008 reauthorization law.
While the bill nominally keeps the Northeast Corridor (NEC) and the national interstate network alive, it still looks like a shutdown budget because of the huge costs associated with eliminating short corridors. NEC and interstate trains would be severely victimized both by assuming much of the shared costs now assigned to the short corridors, and the loss in revenues from connecting passengers disenfranchised by the loss of those corridors.
The High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail program—a highly oversubscribed program that has seen 39 states apply for funds to improve (and introduce) modern passenger trains for the 135 million Americans that live in a community connected to a rail corridor—was given no funding at all. Eliminating this program would set U.S. interstate transportation back by decades, severely undermining America's ability to stay globally competitive.
This proposed budget is a direct attack on the right of Americans to travel by train, indeed, on the very existence of intercity passenger trains in the U.S. Take a minute and call your Congressperson to ask them to stand up for trains. Or enter your zip code below and send a letter about why trains matter.
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