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Amtrak Wants More Funding to Meet Rising Demand for Rail

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High gas prices are forcing travelers to ditch their cars in favor of trains. Amtrak is reporting record number of passengers. Company President Alex Kummant says the rail service could double in size over the next decade if ridership continues to grow. But he says it needs more money to add trains.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin joined Kummant in Chicago to push for more federal money.

DURBIN: The biggest travel day of the year – Thanksgiving – is going to be an awakening for people across America. They’re going to find they can’t get a plane reservation because of the reduction in schedules. And they’re going to find Amtrak’s full. And they’re going to ask members of Congress and the Senate, why didn’t you see this coming?

Durbin is supporting a bill that would authorize almost $9 billion for Amtrak over the next five years. The House and Senate have each passed versions of the bill.

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