U.S., Commentary: We need a better Amtrak for post-pandemic America

By Jon Talton, The Seattle Times; June 26, 2020

Airlines aren’t the only passenger transportation systems in trouble because of the pandemic. Earlier this month, Amtrak announced severe cuts to train service, including reducing daily long-distance service to three times a week.

Among the trains affected are the Empire Builder and Coast Starlight, which call at Seattle’s King Street Station. Amtrak operates a maintenance base here, too. The Builder, which traces its route to James J. Hill’s Great Northern Railway, goes from Seattle (and Portland) to Chicago. The Starlight goes to Los Angeles.

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