Trump budget seeks to end Amtrak's LD network but Congress holds purse strings
March 26, 2017
President Trump has proposed zeroing out federal funding for long distance Amtrak services. Long distance services in the area include trains such as the Chicago-St. Louis-Dallas/Fort Worth-San Antonio Texas Eagle and Chicago-Kansas City-Albuquerque-Los Angeles Southwest Chief.
State supported corridors depend on the long distance network for survival. The Oklahoma City-Fort Worth, Heartland Flyer and the St. Louis-Kansas City Missouri River Runners depend upon long distance services for ridership. A loss of these long distance services would likely end most state supported services as ridership would drop by at least 30 percent.
This is not the first time a politician has proposed such a zero budget. However, every political game is different. How negotiations will play out is unknown.
Is this a crisis? Not yet, but it is also a good time to remind Senators Inhofe and Lankford; and Representatives Bridenstine, Mullin, Lucas, Cole, and Russell of your concern. Let them know you use the Heartland Flyer and it is important to the state economy. They hold the purse strings.
Contact information for Oklahoma’s Washington D.C. delegation is included on the GovTrack website: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/OK
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