In a letter sent to Congressional leaders on May 25th, Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn shared the full extent to which Amtrak ridership and revenue are down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Flynn went on to outline a supplemental request for an additional $1.475 billion in funding, while slashing train frequencies and laying off 20% of its workforce.
Read Rail Passengers President & CEO Jim Mathews' thoughts on Amtrak's announcement.
Let's be very clear: while AAWA and Rail Passengers strongly support the need to get Amtrak through this crisis with additional funds, any additional funds need to buy certainty for workers and passengers alike. Daily train service must be the very minimum service level. We're already working with Congress to get this done, but we need your help to make sure that Amtrak has enough funds to maintain the necessary workforce to fully restore service once demand for travel recovers, and to run all National Network long-distance trains at least daily.
We are asking you to write and tweet your members of Congress using the form to the right. Tell your story of how these cuts would affect you while including AAWA & Rail Passengers ask and conditions.
This is an issue that affects not only passengers from all regions of the country, but the very people who run the trains we so passionately want to protect and maintain.