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Gianforte to Amtrak: Reverse Cuts in Service Along the Hi-Line

June 26, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) today urged Amtrak’s president and CEO to reconsider cuts in service along the Hi-Line.

“Reliable access to rail service is important for communities along the Hi-Line,” Gianforte wrote in a letter to Flynn. “Not only is passenger rail an economic driver for the state, it is also an affordable travel alternative. Reduced service threatens the connectivity of Montana’s rural communities.”

On June 17, Amtrak officials announced Amtrak will reduce service from seven days to three for the Empire Builder, which runs along the Hi-Line with stations from Wolf Point to Libby. Officials said the reduction in service is effective October 1, 2020 through at least the summer of 2021.

Gianforte’s full letter to Amtrak President Flynn may be found below and HERE.

June 26, 2020

William J. Flynn

President and CEO

Amtrak

1 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Dear Mr. Flynn

Thank you for your hard work during these challenging times. I write to you today to urge you to reconsider the reduction in service for the Empire Builder Line starting October 1, 2020.

On June 17, 2020, Amtrak announced it would cease daily service on multiple national routes starting October 1, 2020. Reliable access to rail service is important for communities along the Hi-Line. Not only is passenger rail an economic driver for the state, it is also an affordable travel alternative. Reduced service threatens the connectivity of Montana’s rural communities.

I understand that the economic stress from the pandemic creates new challenges for Amtrak. However, I request that you reconsider a reduction in service as a solution to these challenges. Thank you for consideration of my request.

Sincerely,