The Hill.com 2/12/14 By Keith Laing
Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman pushed Congress on Wednesday to stop dodging an increase in transportation funding he said was obviously necessary.
In a statement released after a Senate committee held a hearing on reauthorizing the federal transportation bill that is scheduled to expire in September, Boardman said lawmakers has been appropriating just enough transportation funding to get by in recent years.
“Congress is facing a real challenge on transportation policy and the bankruptcy of the Highway Trust Fund is just the tip of the iceberg,” the Amtrak chief said in a statement. “It is a challenge that must be met and one we as a nation can no longer dodge or neglect. We are not making the transportation investments needed for economic growth and network improvement – we’re just barely keeping the existing system going.”