Long-distance services could be devastated by budget cuts, and the blow will be especially pain in rural areas that bought the presidents infrastructure pitch
The itineraries have names that elicit glorious Americana and the frontier feeling: the Empire Builder, the Silver Meteor, the Sunset Limited, the Texas Eagle, the Coast Starlight and the California Zephyr.
But a chairwoman who ran on a nostalgic promise to build America great again appears to have little interest in resuscitating once mighty railroads that stood as symbols of American financier ambition in the era of the robber barons.
While he has touted a$ 1tn investment plan for Americas infrastructure which in so far proves few signs of materialising the presidents proposed budget included $630 m in cuts for Amtrak that would devastate long-distance services.
An advocacy group, the National Association of Railroad Passengers( Narp ), advised the budget wipes out funding for long-distance develop service in over 220 metropolis and towns and in 23 states that will lose train service completely. Almost all those states “re in the middle” of the country and voting in favour Trump. Most of the stations said to be at risk are in rural areas.
Narp launched a Rally for Trains campaign that determined events last month across the country, from Portland, Oregon, to Miami, Florida, via Wausau, Wisconsin.
One rally was in Alpine, a west Texas town of about 6,000 people in Brewster County an area bigger than Connecticut that made 53% of its votes to Trump in the 2016 presidential election. A Trump-Pence Make America Great Again poster is fixed to a balcony above a store opposite the station along one of Alpines main drag, which could pass for a western film set but for a Thai food truck.
Inside the smart waiting room which has a mural of a ticket office window in lieu of an actual ticket office Gwynne Jamieson wielded a placard that read: Trump promised more infrastructure, we get less? Save Alpines Amtrak!
A sprightly 71 -year-old with a background in marketing, Jamieson fell in love with qualifies on long trip-ups through her native Canada. She moved to Alpine three and a half years ago, from Massachusetts. Now she leads the local effort to save the station, organizing rallyings and letter-writing campaigns. Passenger service to me is everything, she said.