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Rail Advocacy Groups To Rally Against Proposed Amtrak Budget Cuts

Virginians for High Speed Rail, the National Association of Railroad Passengers, the Southern Environmental Law Center and CVille Rail are hosting two rallies as part of a nationwide campaign to support Amtrak’s National Trains.

The first Rally is tomorrow in Charlottesville. Danny Plaugher of Virginians for High Speed Rail says if President Trumps 2018 budget is passed as is, it would mean “Complete elimination. It zeros out every national train in Amtrak’s Network.”

For Virginia, that would mean “The Cardinal, the Crescent, the Silver Star, the Silver Meteor, the Palmetto and the Auto Train”

Plaugher says it was in Trump’s “skinny budget,” and now this one, and they are concerned enough to schedule rallies in Charlottesville today, and Richmond next Wednesday

“I don’t think this is a scare that’s going to disappear.”