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Amtrak asks Congress for supplemental funding to maintain minimum service levels

Posted at 12:41 PM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 15:41:15-04

WASHINGTON — Amtrak, potentially needing $1.475 billion in supplemental funding, recently wrote a letter to Congress outlining this need.

This funding is needed to maintain services and make capital investments

“As the severity and duration of this pandemic and its economic fallout become clearer, we are seeking supplemental federal funding for the next fiscal year,” said Amtrak Pesident and CEO Bill Flynn in the letter.

The funding would help Amtrak recover from the current state of the economy caused by the e pandemic.

“It is clear that Amtrak faces daunting challenges in Fiscal Year 2021, which will require us to take action to protect our rail network, our critical capital assets, and the livelihoods of our employees,” said Flynn in the letter.