Posted 11 May 2018 - 01:02 PM
Officials: Amtrak will preserve train excursions
"I am very encouraged after our call with Richard Anderson that we have a commitment to resolving issues with the New River Train," Jenkins said in the release. "Amtrak recognizes the importance and more than half-century tradition of the New River Train and the Hinton Railroad Days. Amtrak is willing to make some limited exemptions to its ban on charter trains, and after our call, I feel confident we will be granted this exemption. As Gov. Justice launches a new tourism campaign for the great state of West Virginia, the New River Train will remain one of West Virginia's premier tourist attractions."
"We are hopeful a plan that will benefit everyone is forthcoming in the very near future," Justice said in the release.
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., also got a commitment from U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Wednesday that she would work with him to resolve the Amtrak issue. He spoke with Anderson about the decision last week, urging him to reconsider.
Yay. I still have a shot at riding the NRT some day!
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