Amtrak Strikes Deal with 19 States to Keep Service Running on Short Routes
Joseph Craig, 53, a TSA behavior detection officer, looks into an Amtrak train car as passengers board a train in Charlotte, North Carolina, December 11, 2011. Brian Bennett / Los Angeles Times
First the national parks, now Amtrak service — states are stepping in for the federal government to keep vital pieces of their tourism and transportation economies alive.
Excerpt from The Hill
Amtrak has reached agreements with 19 states to preserve service on intermediate routes that have fueled growth in its ridership in recent years.
The deals call for the states to pay for Amtrak to provide rail service on shorter routes within each state’s borders.
Amtrak said earlier this week that its state-supported routes were responsible for 15.4 million of its record 31.6 million passengers in the 2013…