How Washington Derailed Amtrak

A Washington mystery.

This image can only be used with the Simon Von Zuylen-Wood piece that originally ran in the 4/18/2015 issue of National Journal magazine. Amtrak Regional Train 94 is transfers passengers to another train after a failing engines put the train to a hault, in Washington DC. The Obama Administration announced on March 13th that the struggling national rail network will receive $1.3 billion in federal funds over the next two years. The money, which is part of President Obama?s $787 billion economic stimulus plan passed by Congress last week, will be used to renovate trains and stations, improve safety, and increase passenger capacity. Over half the funds will go to projects in the Northeastern United States. Though Amtrak is a nationwide network, the largest concentration of trains and passengers is in the northeast along the Boston-New York-Washington, D.C. corridor.
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