Amtrak Gearing Up, Update x 3

By xaxnar, Daily Kos– Via the National Association of Rail Passengers, NARP, here’s a news story about Amtrak  worth passing on. Railway Age has taken note of new rolling stock and locomotives coming into service. Despite knee-jerk efforts by Republicans to kill rail passenger service in this country, despite freight railroads and court decisions putting passenger service behind slow freights, Amtrak is surviving and growing in ridership. The old narrative about Amtrak for too many people is that it’s expensive, slow, has terrible service, and is inconvenient. And yes, that’s still the story some of the time. BUT… the truth of the matter is we’re getting what we’re paying for, and Amtrak has been chronically underfunded for years. With no long-term funding stream or dedicated revenue for necessary investments, with little trackage under its control, Amtrak is still providing a valued service and improving all the time. The latest from Railway Age shows what...

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