Federal budget could derail Amtrak service in Fayetteville
Posted April 20
Fayetteville, N.C. — A Trump administration budget outline that would cut $2.4 billion in transportation funds could derail train service in 220 cities across the country, including Fayetteville.
Fayetteville is part of the Silver Meteor and Palmetto routes, which run between New York City and Miami, with dozens of stops in between. Four Amtrak trains stop in the city daily.
The current budget outline would force Amtrak to eliminate those trains and many more like them around the country.
“I’d rather take the train than be hassled, felt up and otherwise disrespected by airlines,” said Fayetteville resident Flossie Wilson.
The National Association of Rail Passengers is critical of the president’s plan.
The organization’s president, Jim Mathews, said the budget would not only eliminate funding for Amtrak’s long distance trains, but would cut a vital service that connects the economies of small towns, like Fayetteville, to the rest of the country.
“We’ve got a lot of soldiers and everybody that’s coming in and out from down here, and it’s easy for relatives, family and friends, to come in by train and see their family members and everything around town,” Mathews said.
The Rail Passengers Association said 23 states would be impacted by the proposed cuts. They said it has the potential to eliminate nearby Amtrak service to about 145 million Americans.
It’s an issue Fayetteville leaders plan to address.
“That’s a means of transportation for our soldiers and their families, not to mention the other citizens, so hopefully we can get with the council, and maybe we can get with our congressional delegation and hope that they’ll stand up for us to protect that,” Fayetteville Mayor Pro-tem Mitch Colvin said.