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Reauthorization of Intercity Passenger Rail and Amtrak

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On April 21, the Inspector General testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine regarding the reauthorization of intercity passenger rail and Amtrak. He addressed Amtrak’s unsustainably large operating losses, increasingly poor on-time performance, and increasing levels of deferred infrastructure and fleet investment. The Inspector General 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.