Congressman Walz, others call on Amtrak to keep Winona, Minnesota ticket agent

September 30, 2015

U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, along with both of Minnesota’s U.S. senators, called on Amtrak Wednesday to retain its last ticket agent in Winona.Website Insert Passenger Trains Very Well copy

Amtrak announced last month that it would phase out the ticket agent, meaning the station will remain open but travelers won’t be able to buy tickets at the station, and will have to check arrival times online. The move is part of a company-wide program of attrition, which will leave St. Paul and La Crosse as the only staffed stations in the area.

In a letter to Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman, Walz, along with Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, called on the company to review the potential impact of the decision, noting that the Winona station is the second-busiest Amtrak station in Minnesota–it had 20,318 boardings and alightings, after St. Paul’s 94,077, according to 2014 figures–and serves as an important access point to the Mayo Clinic.

Read the full story from the Winona Daily News by clicking here.

 

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