Alabama, Mississippi & West Virginia legislators promise Amtrak support

Local advocates for Amtrak have received promises of support from legislators in Alabama, Mississippi, and West Virginia.

David Gay, chairman of the Prince Railroad Station Authority in West Virginia, told the Beckley Register-Herald that all five of the state’s representatives in Washington have told him they will support Amtrak.   Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, speaking on the other side of the state in Huntington, confirmed that she, Sen. Joe Manchin, and Rep. Evan Jenkins were fighting the proposed cuts.

The Southern Rail Commission, which is working to restore passenger rail service through Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle, reports that the area’s senators and representatives back return of the Amtrak line and don’t support President Trump’s proposal to cut Transportation Department funding.

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