More pressure on Congress, and if you have Amtrak reservations for Christmas, you may need to make alternate plans

October 6, 2015

Amtrak says to suspend national rail service without safety extension: letter

Amtrak has told U.S. lawmakers that it will suspend service on its national network in mid-December unless Congress extends a Dec. 31 deadline for implementing advanced safety technology, according to an Oct. 5 letter from Amtrak reviewed by Reuters.Website Insert 5000 New Seats copy

The letter, addressed to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, says service would be suspended where Amtrak must rely on freight and passenger railroads that will not meet the deadline for operating the technology known as positive train control, or PTC.

“A vast majority of our network would be inoperable without an extension,” Amtrak President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Boardman said in the letter.

The warning by Amtrak, whose trains carry nearly 85,000 passengers a day, marks the latest effort by the railroad industry to pressure Congress into granting an extension by warning of widespread disruption should lawmakers fail to act.

Reuters reporter David Morgan’s full story can be ready by clicking here.


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