Trump wants to cut AMTRAK service to 23 states and Canada. Help us save their trains!
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Rail travel is a vital link in our nation’s transportation system. Long distance routes play an especially vital role in connecting cities and towns across the country to major regional centers on the coasts and in Canada. The Trump administration’s proposed budget seeks to cut funding to support long-distance routes -- effectively ending service to 23 states who rely on those routes for service. The Trump administration believes that rail service should be treated differently than other public transportation.
The idea that AMTRAK should be cut off from public funds is hypocritical and absurd. Our federal government provides billions in subsidies for roads and highways and airports. Rail travel should not be treated differently -- especially when rail travel is more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly.
What’s worse is Trump’s budget also seeks to cut subsidies for airports serving rural destinations. This leaves rural residents without many transportation options.
This proposal is a disastrous double-whammy for Americans living in small cities and rural areas from coast to coast. And the repercussions of the service elimination will be felt even in the larger cities, as they lose easy rail access to smaller cities.
We can do better than this. Our government should be focused on modernizing rail travel between cities, like our rival China, instead of decimating it. Sign and share this petition to send a message to Donald Trump and his Republican Congress: Hands off AMTRAK!
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