Amtrak Press Releases
June 27, 2013
Dear Co-workers, There are two pieces of news that I would like to share with you today.
In my advisory of June 19, I promised to keep you updated on Amtrak’s federal funding request. On Wednesday, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee proposed a FY 2014 funding level for Amtrak of $1.45 billion. This is a realistic and workable number. It recognizes the need for federal investment to operate and maintain the Amtrak national network, and to keep the Northeast Corridor the safe and reliable economic engine that it is today.
Even at this funding level, however, there is a significant amount of critical backlog infrastructure work that will not get done. In order for the nation’s intercity passenger rail system to reach its full potential, Amtrak will need higher and sustained levels of federal capital funding.
Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx
The U. S. Senate confirmed Anthony Foxx as our next Secretary of Transportation. Amtrak Board of Directors Chairman Tony Coscia and I believe that Secretary Foxx will play a pivotal role in providing critical federal investments for advancing intercity and high-speed passenger rail projects that enhance service, improve reliability, expand capacity, reduce trip-times and increase speeds.
Tony and I welcome Secretary Foxx to the Amtrak board of directors where he will help shape the future of America's Railroad and further improve our record-breaking financial and operational performance.
As a former mayor of Charlotte, N.C., an Amtrak-served community, we believe Secretary Foxx understands that intercity passenger rail is a vital and necessary part of the national transportation network and provides mobility, connectivity and economic development across America in rural communities, small and medium sized towns, and major cities.
We look forward to working with him to deliver more and better intercity and high-speed passenger rail service to the nation.
Thank you for everything you do for Amtrak.
President and CEO
AN OPEN LETTER TO A TERRORIST:
Well, you hit the World Trade Center, but you missed America..........
Go ahead and whine your terrorist whine, and chant your terrorist litany: "If you can not see my point, then feel my pain." This concept is alien to Americans. We live in a country where we don't have to see your point. But you're free to have one. We don't have to listen to your speech. But you're free to say one. Don't know where you got the strange idea that everyone has to agree with you. There's a spirit that tends to take over people who come to this country, looking for opportunity, looking for liberty, looking for freedom. Even if they misuse it. You guys seem to be incapable of understanding that we don't live in America, America lives in US! American Spirit is what it's called. And killing a few thousand of us, or a few million of us, won't change it. Most of the time, it's a pretty happy-go-lucky kind of Spirit.
Until we're crossed in a cowardly manner, then it becomes an entirely different kind of Spirit. Wait until you see what we do with that Spirit, this time. Sleep tight, if you can. We're coming.
******* A little Strange: The Date of the Attack:
9/11 - 9 + 1 + 1 = 11
State of New York - The 11th State added to the Union