U.S.: Amtrak CEO Pleads With Congress for Billions in Covid-19 Aid; $5 Billion Total to Keep Long Distance Trains Daily

By Keith Laing, Bloomberg Politics; September 9, 2020

Amtrak’s chief executive pleaded with House lawmakers Wednesday to approve $2.84 billion in additional funding for the national railway system as Congress and the White House fight over another round of coronavirus stimulus.

Citing a ridership decline of more than 80% compared to a year ago, before the pandemic, CEO Bill Flynn said Amtrak needs the money by Oct. 1 to avoid dismissals and service cuts.

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