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 Southwest Chief Coast Starlight Empire Service
Amtrak Miles Logged: over 197,000
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