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Congress Threatens Amtrak's Capital Funding: Take Action!

13 Jun 2011 4:44 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

The following Action Alert was issued by the National Association of Railroad Passengers (more about NARP on the web at www.narprail.org) today.

FCRP encourages you to heed NARP's advice and speak up to preserve Amtrak's important capital funding. Starving Amtrak isn't a solution for anything and sets a horrible precedent for all passenger rail service-- in Florida and around the country.

--Jackson McQuigg

June 13, 2011

House Appropriators May Zero National Network

The appropriations process determines how much money federal programs will get in Fiscal 2012, which starts October 1, 2011. Although the first step in the formal House appropriations process is not expected until mid-July, in speaking with Congressional offices NARP has discovered that the House Appropriations Subcommittee on transportation will almost certainly impose a crushing funding reduction on Amtrak, possibly zeroing out the national network and limiting capital funding to the bare minimum needed to avoid bankruptcy.

The most effective response is to meet with legislators, to speak up for trains at their ‘town meetings,’ and to write letters to the editor of your local newspaper.  The letter should mention at least one of your legislators (Representative, two Senators) by name, pointing out their ability to influence the outcome of the debate on transportation funding. 

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