Amtrak Gets Funding Boost To Meet Record Demand

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Because of high gas prices, many people are choosing to take the train. The Wall Street Journal reports that Amtrak is expected to carry a record number of passengers this fiscal year. But the railway doesn't have enough cars in stock to expand capacity.


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.


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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