Greetings from England. I'm contemplating a trip to the USA, travelling mostly by train once I'm there. Reading this thread, I get the impression that there may be no need to panic about the future of Amtrak, but nothing is certain; if there's any risk of cuts it seems that it might be wise not to leave it too late before I visit. As I understand it, the new federal government budget starts in October. Does this mean that I can safely assume that whatever budget the politicians in Washington come up with for 2017-2018, Amtrak services in September this year will be much the same as they are now?
Amtrak services and timing of federal budget
Posted 23 February 2017 - 06:27 PM
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Posted 24 February 2017 - 02:38 PM
The Continuing Resolution kept everything the same, no changes. Based on the promises to improve and expand the US infrastructure, this would include the railroads. I do not see any issues threatening Amtrak. In discussing passenger rail, Amtrak, with a couple US Representatives, they agreed with me that the US needs a passenger rail system for the possibility that another 9/11 type catastrophe could again take out the air travel for days, national security. Of course not everyone feels this way, but they did.
Trains Traveled On:
Texas Eagle Sunset Limited California Zephyr Southwest Chief Empire Builder Capitol Limited Lake Shore limited (NYP & BOS) Crescent
Kentucky Cardinal Cardinal Pere Marquette Wolverines Lincoln Service Empire Service Keystone Service Acelas
NE Regionals Pioneer Desert Wind Broadway Limited Three Rivers Coast Starlight
Amtrak Miles Logged: over 211,000
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