When the National Association of Rail Passengers (NARP) denounced the budget outline released by the Republican administration this month, the organization railed against the cuts to Amtrak, transit, and commuter rail programs which it said would place a disproportionate amount of pain on rural and working class communities.
Because of this emphasis, it might not have been noted that Rockville, MD, was on their list of 220 towns and cities losing all Amtrak service. The list was framed as the minimum number of station closings under the long distance routes eliminated by the proposed White House budget, which cut all federal funding for Amtrak’s national network trains.
Rockville would not be alone under the proposed budget. Amtrak’s national network trains provide the only nearby Amtrak service for 144.6 million Americans. Amtrak’s the only national network service to 23 states.