Action Needed to Save West Virginia's
The House Transportation
Committee has unveiled a plan to “privatize” Amtrak's northeast
corridor. This is bad news for West Virginia because this corridor
is the only one making a profit and is subsidizing less profitable
routes like the ones here in West Virginia. If this becomes law,
kiss our Amtrak service goodbye!
Chairman Mica has crafted a plan
similar to the selling off of the British Rail system that left their
tax payers picking up billions in costs.
Calls are needed to
Representatives Capito - (202) 225-2711 (Washington office) and (304)
925-5964 (Charleston office) and Rahall - (202) 225-3452 (Washington
office), (304) 252-5000 (Beckley office) and (304) 522-6425 (Huntington
office) (both on the House Transportation Committee) to help derail this
proposal. Be sure to thank Representative Rahall for coming out against
this sell-out of our national train system. See:
Below are some talking
We ask that you support real job creation by
supporting the High Speed and Intercity Rail Program and Amtrak, and
by saying no to a risky privatization scheme that will cost us more
of our tax money, even as we lose our train service.
Amtrak and the high-speed and intercity rail
grant program could be well on their way to creating 120,000 new
jobs this year if supported.
However, the current House Transportation and
Competition for Intercity Passenger Rail in America Act of 2011,
is a risky and costly scheme that places those jobs at risk.
As written, Wall Street investors will be able to
cherry-pick the best lines, leaving most of the system in a weakened
and vulnerable Amtrak. People in towns all over America are aware of
what could happen. That’s why the Independent Record, a paper in
rural Montana released a scathing editorial of the House plan.
Instead of another gift to Wall Street investors,
we would like to create jobs. We support Amtrak’s FY 2012 request of
$2.2 billion as well as the high-speed and intercity rail program’s
request for $2.5 billion. Funding these two programs at this level
will create 120,000 new jobs.