Goal: Preserve Amtrak’s National Network trains from elimination in the 2019 federal budget, as proposed by the Trump administration in February 2018.
Why: The White House has released a disappointing package of infrastructure initiatives and transportation budget cuts, including once again proposing to gut Amtrak’s long-distance services by cutting $757 million from federal Amtrak support. (A similar proposal floated last spring was defeated in Congress, thanks to our advocacy.)
Trump's latest transportation budget proposal calls for the virtual elimination of Amtrak's National Network trains, slashing the railroad’s budget roughly in half, from $1.4 billion to $738 million. It also proposes ending the popular and effective federal grant program known as TIGER, or Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, which so far has injected a little more than $5 billion into transportation investments nationwide. (TIGER grants fund many rail bridge and crossing replacements & track upgrades to improve VT's railroads.)
What you can do today:
The national Rail Passengers Association (RPA) is asking its members to take action now to stave off these draconian cuts to Amtrak’s vital National Network services. RPA has set up an online tool to permit riders and members alike to let the White House know directly that they disagree with these proposed cuts. Visit www.railpassengers.org/whitehousebudget to take action.
You can also contact members of Vermont’s Congressional delegation directly to thank them for supporting full funding for Amtrak in the past & urge them to keep up their support now. Their contact info can be found on our website here.
Then contact us to let us know how they responded.
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