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Long Distance Trains Are Federal Responsibility

Congress in charge of intercity passenger rail since 1971

WASHINGTON - The operation of long distance trains is a core federal responsibility since 1971 and a federally-funded national system is the best way to keep costs low, provide customer choices that build ridership and develop economies of scale, Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman told a Congressional committee today.

Amtrak Ridership Growth Continues in FY13

April 9, 2013 - Washington, DC - Amtrak ridership increased in the first half of FY 2013 (Oct. 2012 - March 2013) and March set a record as the single best month ever in the history of America's Railroad®. In addition, October, December, and January each set individual monthly records.

Amtrak Requests Less Federal Operating Support, More Capital Funds

Washington, DC - April 1, 2013 - In its fiscal year 2014 funding request to Congress, Amtrak requests less federal operating support, but emphasizes the need for federal funds to improve and expand intercity passenger-rail service

Amtrak is seeking $373 million in federal operating support for FY2014, or about 17 percent less than it requested a year ago.

Anthony R. Coscia Elected as Chairman, Amtrak Board of Directors

WASHINGTON - The Amtrak Board of Directors has elected Anthony R. Coscia to be its next chairman to help guide the future of America's Railroad® and carry out initiatives to increase ridership and improve operational and financial performance. In addition, the Amtrak board elected Jeffrey R. Moreland as vice-chairman.

An Amtrak board member since June 2010, and current chairman of its Audit and Finance committee, Coscia succeeds departing board chairman Thomas C. Carper whose term on the board expires this month.

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