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Sen. Moran: Pleased Amtrak Will Continue Southwest Chief Rail Line Operations

Amtrak officials pledged today in Senate Commerce Committee hearing to operate Southwest Chief Rail Line Through FY’19

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee – today questioned Amtrak officials on the future of the Southwest Chief, where they committed to operating this line through FY19.

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(00:38-00:56): “I am pleased to hear you say that Amtrak will continue to run – to operate – the line in its current form through Fiscal Year ’19,” said Sen. Moran. “I think that’s a positive development, something we were unaware of, and we’ll continue to work to see that the legislative efforts that we’ve undertaken are successful.”

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Items to Note:

  • In August, the Senate passed Sen. Moran’s amendment to maintain Amtrak train services along the established, long-distance passenger rail route of the Southwest Chief.