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Amtrak services and timing of federal budget


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Posted 23 February 2017 - 06:18 PM

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?



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Posted 23 February 2017 - 06:27 PM

Yes, that's a reasonably safe bet.
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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.


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Posted 28 February 2017 - 05:45 PM

Thankyou for your replies.





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