Wednesday, May 13, 2015

GOP Congressional Death Panel Claims 7 Lives

As the Republican Party has been notoriously hostile to Amtrak, it has repeatedly over the years reduced funding for the rail service to the point that needed maintenance and capital improvements have not been made because the money wasn't there. The cause of the Amtrak derailment is not yet known, but the likelihood of tracing it back to a lack of funds for something needed for safety is quite likely.
The Northeast Corridor, which runs between Boston and Washington, is one of the railroad’s busiest and most profitable lines. But officials have long complained that the agency needs more subsidies from Congress to improve the railroad’s deteriorating infrastructure and replace aging equipment.

Amtrak canceled service between New York and Philadelphia, and modified three other routes. Mr. Nutter said Amtrak service through Philadelphia would most likely be suspended for the rest of the week.

“It is completely wiped out down there,” he said.

The derailment prompted a large response from several federal, state and local agencies. More than 200 police officers and 120 firefighters went to the crash site, as did dozens of officials from the F.B.I., the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies.
All in all far more expensive than providing the necessary funding. And another example of GOP economies of fools.


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