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Amtrak requests $336 million in emergency funds

RT and S -- Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman told a U.S. Senate committee the New York region needs to strengthen rail capacity and resiliency in order to create "a better ability to resist damage, recover from an event and return the rail system to service" following major disasters.

To address these needs and to compensate Amtrak for increased costs and revenue lost during Hurricane Sandy, Amtrak is requesting $336 million in emergency federal funding. Of this amount, $276 million would be for measures that provide enhanced protection and improved recovery capability of Penn Station New York and its tunnels against flooding or emergency disruptions and to begin design and construction of elements of the capacity increasing Gateway Program. The additional $60 million would be to cover estimat


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geminijax
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 10:03:23 PM

Is Amtrak considered public transportation? I didn't think so.

Now, there are several profitable railroads that haul goods/freight. If they can be profitable and stand on their own two legs, why can't Amtrak?
polarbear2
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 10:51:01 AM

Give me a break. I've had to worry about money. I also have enough character that I don't think that somebody else should be paying for my choices.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 4:56:24 AM

you've obviously never been one to have to worry about money. I wish you the best that you never will learn what it feels like to be on the side of not being able to drive or having to rely on others.
polarbear2
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 10:53:40 AM

If I ever need public transport I'd be willing to pay what it costs. I don't need to be a leech.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:14:31 PM

hope you never need to rely on public transportation, Polar.
polarbear2
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 10:50:56 AM

Amtrak carries only passengers. Freight trains carry all the other goods you speak of. I'm not willing to pay for other people to get cheap transportation.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 4:58:03 AM

polar: Amtrak benefits more than just the ppl riding the passenger cars. I'm willing to pay some and I'm far from their routes. That's b/c I know that Amtrak and other railroads carry lots of goods that I may use (not everything comes via truck).
polarbear2
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:59:27 AM

Interesting how those that use a thing don't want to pay it's true cost.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 4:51:36 AM

interesting how those who don't use a particular thing are the ones who scream the loudest that it's not needed.
honda0105
Champion Author Tallahassee

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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 4:50:17 AM

Zonk: b/c taxpayers benefit from the low rail cost.
gs7101
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 6:07:01 AM

Denied!
Bill100
Champion Author Grand Rapids

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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 4:26:54 AM

It is to the point we need emergency funds for a very large amount of updating to ouir national infrastructure.
tomok
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 2:14:44 AM

Amtrak requests $336 million in emergency funds and more taxpayer money spent for the government running an inefficient business. Amtrack, Post Office, auto companies, EPA, giving vast amounts of money to other countries as aid and payoffs And the list goes on and on. A bottomless money pit and growing.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, vehicle manufactures Produce and the population ‘Drives’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
XII/XXII/MMXII!
MAC48
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:34:31 PM

It would seem proper and totally justified that the users of AMTRAK, the Long Island Railroad and the New Jersey Transit should shoulder 100% of the cost of repairs, modernization, redesign and bear the burden of the lost revenues for which AMTRAK is seeking US taxpayer funding. Why should AMTRK, the Long Island Railroad and the New Jersey Transit expect the vast majority of the US population which does not nor ever will use these transportation services foot the bill for these Hurricane Sandy related costs?

User taxes and fees support almost all, if not all, of the burden to build, repair, maintain and modernize the US highway system. AMTRAK should be treated absolutely no different and AMTRAK users should bear this burden without taxpayer funding or reimbursement.
Zonk
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:33:48 PM

Why should the taxpayers be required to bail Amtrak out?
crreed1
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:19:34 PM

old news
TheSnowstorm
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:13:54 PM

" The additional $60 million would be to cover estimated operating losses incurred as a result of the storm."

What? You want compensation for estimated lost revenue? From a natural disaster? That is exactly like asking the government to compensate you when people no longer buy the widgets that you are manufacturing.

I do agree with funding to improve the infrastructure in the event of natural disasters, but to get compensation for lost revenue, that is a case for insurance, not government (tax dollars).
skidsteer85xt
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:12:28 PM

if we fail to keep our place up the goverment will not help us out why should they be any different
N5EXY
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:12:13 PM

Another spendulus. Let Amtrak stand on its own.
snky2k
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:10:49 PM

Read this yesterday.
Matt G
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:06:25 PM

Sad that they can't be financially independent
jrschl
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:05:56 PM

I wish there was more rail services.
BlewettCA
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:05:01 PM

ok
flagtown25
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:04:58 PM

There is no doubt that the New York transportation infrastructure needs a massive overhaul and improvement.
judgemobile
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:04:48 PM

more government bailout.
JCS319
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:04:29 PM

Without additional funding for Amtrak, we're still a first world country with a third world transportation system.
unicornpmb
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:04:20 PM

Should have been done in the first place.
cheaper0ON
Champion Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:04:00 PM

Ok.
rjoeh
Champion Author Michigan

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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:03:42 PM

BOARDMAN NEEDS TO REALIZE THAT BECOMING PROFITABLE SHOULD BE HIS PRIMARY GOAL. Constantly asking for handouts could deep 6 Amtrak for good.
WIWalt
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:02:52 PM

Do it with your own money, not the taxpayers.
rahcat
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:01:34 PM

Time to take Amtrak private.
NAVYHM
All-Star Author Cleveland

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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:59:49 PM

OK
clermont40miles
Champion Author Cincinnati

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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:59:17 PM

Can anything survive without subsidy?

The socialist teat being sucked dry.

Amtrak - do the trains run on time? And how does the travel time & cost compare to other available modes of transportation?

BCM1
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:58:33 PM

Do it with your own money, not the taxpayers. Raise the fares to cover the costs and see how many riders you lose.
PoohMcGoo
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:58:16 PM

Ok
WIPACKERFAN
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:53:20 PM

I agree with you mstearno.
BREW9
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:53:00 PM

all aboard
mstearno
Champion Author Dayton

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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:51:40 PM

go private or go bankrupt
stop wasting my money
gd83goldwinger
Champion Author South Bend

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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:49:50 PM

It not different then anybody else.
1COR1533
Champion Author San Jose

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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:48:49 PM

sure why not everybody else is getting handouts
BBHybrid
Champion Author Pittsburgh

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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:48:47 PM

safety first please
Dragnet
Champion Author Arizona

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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:47:33 PM

They want that hand out and some of us don't even ride the darn train. Let the New Yorkers flip the money instead of our taxes
goinwgas
Champion Author Oregon

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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:47:29 PM

put me down for .01 per cent of that
Prodaddy
Champion Author Houston

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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:46:25 PM

I would like $ 100,000
WhiskersTheCat
Champion Author Austin

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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:45:53 PM

...uummmm. Why don't they just print it?
mcmonsta
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:45:11 PM

just lloking for another payout...get real...but they'll probably get it...won't they?
mfgendron
Champion Author New York

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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:41:06 PM

We must support our trains.
The3rd
Champion Author Jacksonville

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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:37:14 PM

another government bailout of a government run business.
pgerassi
Champion Author Milwaukee

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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:37:12 PM

Sandy keeps on biting.
gasmack
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:36:27 PM

Headed down the same road(track) as the post office?
Darwin00
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:30:16 PM

Sounds like they knew they had aging rails. What were they doing about it before the Hurricane?
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