Amtrak Facing Financial Problems

By: Aaron Baskerville
By: Aaron Baskerville

Amtrak is facing financial woes and may be forced to shutdown its passenger trains. This means the station in East Lansing could be on the way out.

Amtrak is looking at a $200 million budget shortfall. Services across the nation could be cut as early as next week, including all in Michigan. The Amtrak station in East Lansing has a pair of passenger trains that travel to Chicago and Toronto.

A spokesperson says about 1,000 travelers in East Lansing a week rely on the service. Amtrak's board is meeting with Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta. He says one option would be an emergency appropriation of $200 million from Congress.

There are between 80 and 100 employees who work for the company throughout the state. Amtrak will know later this week the fate of its company.


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