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NBC News: Amtrak Boom Hampered by Infrastructure Problems

On Tuesday, the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams ran a segment on Amtrak’s rising popularity and the challenges it faces as it looks to improve and expand its existing lines. This includes an expansion of the popular Acela line and a “wish list” of expansion projects – including expanding the Northeast Corridor to Charlotte. But much needed infrastructure improvements to existing services are severely threatened by the lack of support from the federal government. “For the cost of 2 or 3 highway interchanges we could develop a corridor between two major cities,” said Alex Kumant, Amtrak CEO. The segment was part of an ongoing NBC series on America’s infrastructure crisis, an issue frequently discussed on this blog.