Biden, an Amtrak Evangelist, Could Be a Lifeline for a Rail Agency in Crisis

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Biden, an Amtrak Evangelist, Could Be a Lifeline for a Rail Agency in Crisis

Amtrak has reduced service and is poised to cut thousands of jobs. Rail supporters argue that, win or lose, the Democratic presidential candidate could shift the debate over the agency’s future.

Joe Biden says he loves ice cream, aviators and Amtrak. But if elected president, his love for the rail agency may be put to the test.

Amtrak is facing a crisis. The coronavirus has led to scores of riders abandoning its trains, causing huge drops in revenue. The agency has cut back on service to America’s heartland. It has furloughed over 2,000 workers. If it does not get $2.8 billion in emergency funding by December, another 2,400 employees could lose their jobs, Amtrak officials warn. High profile projects across the country, including those in New York and New Jersey, are facing delays.

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Posted for news info only. Since I don't want a political debate, commenting has been turned off for this article.
 
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