May 4, 2018The past few weeks have been a bit turbulent as Amtrak continues a slew new changes that have a direct effect on valued customers and Rail Passengers members. With all these changes taking place, it’s almost possible to miss the fact that we have had 47 years of Amtrak service, as of this week.
Has it all been an easy ride? No, it sure hasn’t. But it has been a ride that we have enjoyed over the years. If we didn’t truly want and need Amtrak, these changes wouldn’t frustrate us the way that they do.
As we look to the future of passenger rail in the U.S. and consider where we want Amtrak to go, please consider supporting our Mayor’s Petition. We can use as much support as possible to reach as many communities served by Amtrak as possible, and to tell their mayors to fight for keeping Amtrak a quality and reliable service for its customers.
Also in this week’s Hotline, Brightline will pay for rail crossing maintenance for counties that have not opposed the higher-speed train’s development, the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum will host “Train Day at the Depot” in Tucson, NJ Transit is behind schedule on PTC implementation; and Amtrak’s inspector general found that there are severe security weaknesses at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station and Penn Coach Yard.
Have a good weekend.
Jim Mathews – President and CEO, Rail Passengers Association