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Amtrak Furloughing 2,000 Workers; New York Times Notices, Contact Congress!

02 Sep 2020 3:58 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

Amtrak announced this week that it plans to furlough 2,000 workers as its plans to cut its entire national long distance network to service just 3 days per week.

From Reuters via Yahoo Finance:

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/u-passenger-railroad-amtrak-furlough-173203384.html

Meanwhile, the New York Times has picked up on the story and RPA's arguments against it:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/01/us/amtrak-coronavirus-profit-public-transportation.html

Unfortunately, the article gave Amtrak management an opportunity to incorrectly use stale statistics once again to bolster their arguments for the elimination of daily service to much of its network. 

We are encouraging everyone, once again, to contact Congress and remind your elected officials about the importance of daily Amtrak service around the country--not just in the Northeast Corridor and a few other select routes.

Contact Senator Marco Rubio: 

https://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

Contact Senator Rick Scott:

https://www.rickscott.senate.gov/contact_rick           

Locate and contact your Member of Congress:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/FL#representatives

Contact Governor Ron DeSantis:           

https://www.flgov.com/contact-governor/

The Congress returns to work next week from its summer recess. Speaking up now about the value of the long distance trains to our country is more important than ever!

--Steve Sayles and Jackson McQuigg

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