Amtrak Gets Funding Boost To Meet Record Demand
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
Of course, some people have a choice when both airlines and gas seem to cost too much. Record numbers of travelers are taking the train. The Wall Street Journal says Amtrak is expected to carry 28-million passengers this fiscal year. That's a record. It comes just as Congress provides more money for the passenger service to take advantage of all those extra riders.
STEVE INSKEEP, host:
The railway doesn't have enough cars in stock to expand train capacity. It's not in position to add new trains, either, and it needs big repairs to aging bridges, tracks and tunnels.
Just on the northeast corridor, the tracks that run from Washington to New York to Boston, Amtrak estimates that it needs to do nearly $5-billion worth of work.
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