Let's all get on board to join National Amtrak Day on May 11. Why not ask our elected officials to support a dedicated capital revenue stream that could include allocating a penny per gallon gasoline tax to Amtrak.
These funds could provide a reliable yearly source for financing capital investments to upgrade tracks, signals, passenger equipment, stations and maintenance facilities.
Any responsible agency needs the assistance of a long-term dedicated secure revenue stream. This is needed to develop a capital infrastructure plan for maintaining both an operating system in a state of good repair and any system expansion.
How many times have winter storms stranded thousands at airports while Amtrak kept rolling?
The ability of Amtrak to reduce travel time by increasing the speed of the service in high-density corridors can provide consumers with choices other than flying, driving or taking a bus.