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Intercity Passenger Rail and Amtrak

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On May 12, the Inspector General testified before the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, the Judiciary, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies on intercity passenger rail and Amtrak. The testimony addressed Amtrak’s unsustainably large operating losses, increasingly poor on-time performance, and increasing levels of deferred infrastructure and fleet investment. The IG emphasized the need for a comprehensive reauthorization that provides adequate funding, focuses on improving mobility in short distance corridors, restructures long distance services to complement corridor services, and provides a more robust capital match program for the states.