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Huntington railroad society's closing blamed on Amtrak...

Postby Jeff Smith » Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:55 pm ... d357c.html

HUNTINGTON — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says Amtrak has created a financial hardship for the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society, causing its employees to be laid off and the organization to close its doors.

Manchin, D-W.Va., sent a letter on Thursday to Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson expressing concern over Amtrak's policies and restrictions that are creating the financial hardship for the society and putting the New River Train's October trips in jeopardy of ending as well. The letter explained the impact of Collis P. Huntington's closure to West Virginia and urges Amtrak to re-examine its policies.
"In March of last year, Amtrak imposed new restrictions that eliminated special trains like the New River Train and removed Huntington as a station where private cars could be added to regularly scheduled Amtrak trains," Manchin wrote. "I was initially encouraged by our phone call when you agreed to allow Collis P. Huntington to continue operating the New River Train in 2018. Unfortunately, your organization increased the cost to operate the train by $120,000 and imposed numerous additional restrictions throughout the year that drove costs even higher. Despite its enormous popularity and increased seat prices for the two October Railroad Days weekends, the train still operated at a $180,000 loss. To make matters worse, Collis P. Huntington's regular trips to Washington and New York - which help offset the costs of running the New River Train - had to be canceled since they could no longer originate or end in Huntington."
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