Amtrak, the U.S. long-distance passenger railroad, shouldn’t be in the business of operating commuter railroads under contract because it’s a bad deal for taxpayers, the top House Republican overseeing transportation said.
Amtrak will provide limited Acela Express and Northeast Regional service between Washington and Boston today, marking a partial restoration of Northeast Corridor service for the first time since Oct. 28, when Atlantic superstorm Sandy approached the U.S. East Coast.
Amtrak will be ready to handle the surge of passengers expected during the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday after completing repairs on equipment damaged by last month’s superstorm, the passenger rail system’s chief said.
Amtrak, the U.S. long-distance passenger railroad, is turning its sights from private investors toward governments to fund the beginning of a $151 billion plan for bullet trains between Northeast cities by 2040.
Amtrak and commuter-train riders who suffered three service delays between New York and Philadelphia this week may see hold-ups linger while the national passenger rail service finishes some power-system repairs over the next three months.