Whatever house supports Amtrak more we cannot get by the fact that Amtrak passenger equipment is stretched to the limit. So the final appropriations bill must provide funds for both rebuilding any remaining wreck repairs and for new cars. With the problems at N-S maybe get some funds for V-2 coaches.
The Siemens Chargers appear to be coming on line in the next few months so funds for freed up P-42 rebuilds that Moorman stated earlier.
Let me repeat one more time so that people understand.... The budget at the level it is being discussed does not break out individual items. There are two grossed up amounts - one for NEC ($235 million of which $6 million is specifically allocated for the NEC Commission and management oversight), and the other for the National Network ($525 million). As for how that is sliced and diced into individual expense items, after NEC surpluses are added to the NEC account, and how Amtrak chooses to reallocate from one account to another, if any, comes later. So at this level, to talk about "must provide funds for" V2s or Superliners or whatever, is something that can be addressed only after we see Amtrak's proposed budget coming from Amtrak.
The President's proposed budget details for DoT has the following specific sentence in it (Page 885 - DoT Appendix):
The fiscal year 2018 President's Budget proposes to terminate Federal funding for Amtrak's Long Distance services.
So, the President actually specifically states that LD trains are not funded in the National Account. NARP's statement is correct. The entire $525 million is restricted for spending on State Supported Corridors and is not to be spent on LD trains.
As for NARP's statement:
—Eliminated $630 million to Amtrak’s long-distance trains, $560 million below FAST Act authorized levels. This budget provides $525 million for the National Network, but targets all funding to the state supported services and other costs, calling for an end to all of Amtrak’s long-distance routes.
The $630 million is the difference between the final FY17 amount and the proposed FY18 amount for the National Network account. The $525 million proposed for FY18 is $560 million below the FAST Act Authorization for FY18. And I have quoted the exact text from the budget proposal regarding the last bit in the quote above from NARP.
Edited by jis, 24 May 2017 - 11:01 AM.