Gabrielle Gurley

Gabrielle Gurley is The American Prospect’s deputy editor.

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Heading Down the Wrong Track on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor

Congress's refusal to provide sufficient funding has pitted the nation's passenger rail network against state agencies.

(Photo: AP/Mike Groll)
(Photo: AP/Mike Groll) A man works on a rail bridge spanning the Hudson River as an Amtrak passenger rail passes by in December 2015 in Albany, New York. L ast fall, Amtrak implemented a new “cost-sharing policy” that significantly bumps up payments that some state transit agencies in the Northeast make to the national railroad network. The new policy aims to funnel additional funds into North America’s busiest regional passenger rail network—Amtrak’s Boston-to-Washington corridor—which is sorely in need of fresh infusions of cash to make up for decades of infrastructure disinvestment. But the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA), the agency that runs the metro Boston public transportation system, cried foul when Amtrak presented it with a nearly $30 million bill for its yearly share. In a January letter to outgoing Amtrak president Joseph Boardman, Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack called Amtrak’s demands “unreasonable” and pointed to the long-term...

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