Reps urge spinoff of Northeast Corridor from Amtrak

05/31/2011 | ProgressiveRailroading.com

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., and Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., are seeking to split the Northeast Corridor from Amtrak's train network. "Our plan would do so in a dramatically shorter time, in closer to 10 rather than 30 years, and at a fraction of the $117 billion cost proposed by Amtrak, while creating new jobs," said Mica. However, other groups have advocated funding Amtrak's NEC, saying it made itself "the leader in delivering high-speed rail service on the Northeast Corridor and throughout its system," said Edward Wytkind, president of the AFL-CIO's Transportation Trades Department.

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