Chairman Tom Carper says Amtrak is building railroads, and ridership is up. Carper says, like anything else, funding stability is is crucial to planning. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says if elected, he'll eliminate the federal subsidy for Amtrak. Carper says he believes Romney simply need to become better aquainted with the nation's passenger rail system:
"I think the skeptics are people who don't have service, so I don't spend a lot of time worrying about that, I spend a lot of time worrying about making what we're doing better."
Carper hopes once the rhetoric of the campaign is over Amtrak will enjoy support from whomever is elected President. Amtrak recived $1.5 Billion dollars in federal funding in 2010.
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