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Date: 07/12/19 08:44
Federal Budget
Author: texchief1

When will we knoww what Amtrak is getting in subsidies this next fiscal year?  Oct.1st or 31st?

Thanks for any replies.

Randy Lundgren
Elgin, TX



Date: 07/12/19 10:56
Re: Federal Budget
Author: ATSF3751

Following is an excert from ENO Transportation Weekly:

"Amtrak proposes to spend $629.6 million of its federal National Network grant on operating subsidies, with the bulk of that ($528.0 million) subsidizing operating losses on long-distance trains. $67.5 million would go to subsidize operating losses on state-supported routes, and the other $34.1 million would be spent on operating costs of infrastructure access and ancillary services.It is this $595.5 million of operating subsidies for long-distance and state-supported Amtrak trains that the Trump Administration is proposing to eliminate and replace with $550 million in operating assistance grants from the Restoration and Enhancement grant program, which would gradually taper off to zero over four years.In its own budget request, Amtrak took note of the Administration’s proposal to restructure and sunset the operating subsidies, saying “Amtrak appreciates the Administration’s focus on expanding intercity passenger rail service to today’s many underserved cities and corridors across the nation. We believe that a modernization of the National Network, with the right level of dedicated and enhanced federal funding, would allow Amtrak to serve more passengers efficiently while preserving our ability to maintain appropriate Long Distance routes. We look forward to working with the Administration, Congress, our state partners, and other stakeholders to consider these proposals in more depth.”

For more details:  
https://www.enotrans.org/article/amtrak-requests-141-million-cut-in-its-own-budget/

Trumpster is in favor of eliminating Federal subsidies for the LD network given the "taper off" nature of his proposal. Dem controlled House will probably block such a move. 



Date: 07/12/19 13:46
Re: Federal Budget
Author: bluesboyst

ATSF3751 Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> Following is an excert from ENO Transportation
> Weekly:
>
> "Amtrak proposes to spend $629.6 million of its
> federal National Network grant on operating
> subsidies, with the bulk of that ($528.0 million)
> subsidizing operating losses on long-distance
> trains. $67.5 million would go to subsidize
> operating losses on state-supported routes, and
> the other $34.1 million would be spent on
> operating costs of infrastructure access and
> ancillary services.It is this $595.5 million of
> operating subsidies for long-distance and
> state-supported Amtrak trains that the Trump
> Administration is proposing to eliminate and
> replace with $550 million in operating assistance
> grants from the Restoration and Enhancement grant
> program, which would gradually taper off to zero
> over four years.In its own budget request, Amtrak
> took note of the Administration’s proposal to
> restructure and sunset the operating subsidies,
> saying “Amtrak appreciates the
> Administration’s focus on expanding intercity
> passenger rail service to today’s many
> underserved cities and corridors across the
> nation. We believe that a modernization of the
> National Network, with the right level of
> dedicated and enhanced federal funding, would
> allow Amtrak to serve more passengers efficiently
> while preserving our ability to maintain
> appropriate Long Distance routes. We look forward
> to working with the Administration, Congress, our
> state partners, and other stakeholders to consider
> these proposals in more depth.”
>
> For more details:  
> https://www.enotrans.org/article/amtrak-requests-1
> 41-million-cut-in-its-own-budget/
>
> Trumpster is in favor of eliminating Federal
> subsidies for the LD network given the "taper off"
> nature of his proposal. Dem controlled House will
> probably block such a move. 
But we know the 528.0 million to support the LDT's is hogwash....should say the NE Corridor too!!!



Date: 07/12/19 13:53
Re: Federal Budget
Author: Dcmcrider

Anderson has already announced that whatever "number" Congress comes up with for the "National Network" account, Amtrak intends to transfer $280 million to the NEC account to cover LD trains that run on the NEC and use terminal facilities there.

Paul Wilson
Arlington, VA



Date: 07/12/19 17:18
Re: Federal Budget
Author: joemvcnj

See, they need somd LD trains to dump overhead and fixed costs. Sunnyside and Ivy City do not go away if the 6 LD trains that use them go away.

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Date: 07/12/19 17:34
Re: Federal Budget
Author: ProAmtrak

Wasn't Trump threatening on vetoing this because of the money for Amtrak? 



Date: 07/13/19 10:36
Re: Federal Budget
Author: Jishnu

ProAmtrak Wrote:
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> Wasn't Trump threatening on vetoing this because
> of the money for Amtrak? 

What he says and what he actually does are two entirely different things. I would not worry too much about what he said in one of his fits of frenzy.



Date: 07/13/19 14:01
Re: Federal Budget
Author: Lackawanna484

Jishnu Wrote:
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> ProAmtrak Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Wasn't Trump threatening on vetoing this
> because
> > of the money for Amtrak? 
>
> What he says and what he actually does are two
> entirely different things. I would not worry too
> much about what he said in one of his fits of
> frenzy.

I heard Amtrak was considering changing its name to The Wall. They could get the $5 billion in hours...



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