Fully fund the Amtrak network
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The proposed 2017 budget includes a 13% cut to the Department of Transportation. If passed, this cut would eliminate Amtrak's entire long-distance network, leaving behind only regional trains in the East Coast, the Midwest, and the West Coast, and leaving nearly 200 communities with no rail service to speak of. This would include larger cities—Denver, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, New Orleans, Cleveland, and more—as well as many smaller communities that do not have convenient access to airports and so rely on Amtrak for their travel needs.
Amtrak's long-distance network is used for a wide variety of purposes by three million riders per year. Many people rely on Amtrak services for commuting or business trips, others use it to travel and to see the sights of the country, still others use it to visit friends and families during the holidays. Amtrak's long-distance routes are a vital part of America's transportation network, and the subsidy it requires is minuscule in comparison to that given to roadways and airlines. As such, we are calling for full funding to be allocated to Amtrak's entire network in the 2017 budget, so that these services can continue to operate and serve the American people.
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