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Watching a replay of Wednesdays Senate Commerce Committee hearing on PTC and am impressed with Senators Udalls (NM), Morans (KS), and Gardners (CO) firm pressure on Amtraks VP Naparstek for answers regarding maintaining the SWC in its current configuration and the hold up in the release of the $3 million Tiger grant funds.

 

What is amazing to me as a relative novice on these matters, is how seemingly unprepared, evasive, and almost irritated Amtrak VP Naparstek is. The FRA administrator, Batory, seems so much more informed and clear spoken. Unlike Naparstek, Batorys affect reflects a deep understanding and love of what he does. The only interactions in which VP Naparstek perked up and seemed engaged was with Senator Baldwin about her bill about violence prevention on the rails (didnt catch the exact name) and new Lactation Stations and also when asked about if additional funding would help resolve some of the critical issues facing Amtrak.

 

Having never watched a Congressional committee hearing envolving Amtrak, Im curious if Naparsteks performance is typical of Amtrak representatives testimony?

 

p.s. Totally off subject, but does anyone know why apostrophes are not appearing as typed? I am posting using an iPhone X, iOS 12. (FYIW, I just got this phone and am new to iPhone/Apple.)

 

🔴So the Amtrak Bosses have totally screwed up lately, and have lost a lot of credibility. So they sent in the B team.

 

🔴NARP/RPA was heavily involved make sure the Senator had the right question to ask.

 

🔴FRA Administration is a professional. Or as the DC crowd will say a swamp member.

 

🔴This web site got issues, trying to fix them by not allowing apostrophes.

 

 

🔵It should be noted however a big wig will be in Miami at the NARP/RPA meeting. He is not going to enjoy his visit. Totally interesting that the same big wig did not report to Congress, and allowed the B team to testify. One thinks anything said to the Congress will be denied, claiming he didnt have the authority or knowledge to say that. No proof just that feeling thing again.🧐

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What is the deal regarding the $3 million that the AMTRAK representative refused to commit to the TIGER grant? (at the above referred to hearings)

Amtrak had a agreement to help fund the SWC Route. Amtrak contribution was to be 3 Million. With the state funds and Amtrak funds, the Federal Government was going add more money in the form of a TIGER Grant.

 

Amtrak has back off from giving it share of money. So no TIGER Grant.

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Scott Neparstek, Amtrak's executive vice president and chief operating officer, told a senate committee last week that it is committed to keeping the train (the SWC) going at least through September 2019.

 

After almost 800 posts with no information, this quote from a blurb in the Quincy Herald-Whig indicates that maybe there is some movement.

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Scott Neparstek, Amtrak's executive vice president and chief operating officer, told a senate committee last week that it is committed to keeping the train (the SWC) going at least through September 2019.

After almost 800 posts with no information, this quote from a blurb in the Quincy Herald-Whig indicates that maybe there is some movement.

I guess you did not bother to read the 800 messages before erroneously claiming that the info that you so graciously provide was already presented in this thread a few posts before yours.

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Actually he was nice to highlight that Amtrak is only planning to continue the SWC into the end of this fiscal year. September 2019. 1 October 2019 is next years budget, so with out wording or funds for the SWC the train will cease. This battle that everyone thinks is over, is not.

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Scott Neparstek, Amtrak's executive vice president and chief operating officer, told a senate committee last week that it is committed to keeping the train (the SWC) going at least through September 2019.

After almost 800 posts with no information, this quote from a blurb in the Quincy Herald-Whig indicates that maybe there is some movement.

I guess you did not bother to read the 800 messages before erroneously claiming that the info that you so graciously provide was already presented in this thread a few posts before yours.

 

You got me there!

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