Amtrak has been dogged by multiple challenges in recent years, from issues regarding safety to poor performance. As the commuter railroad seeks to get itself back on track, transportation legal professionals are watching to see whether the company will prevail or derail.
Law360 recently covered the myriad of issues facing Amtrak in an article titled "5 Challenges Facing Amtrak." In the piece, published on Feb. 19, the publication cites service issues, ongoing battles with host railroads, increased competition, financial difficulties and forthcoming leadership changes as hurdles that the transportation provider will have to clear in order survive in the long-term. Freeborn's Cindy A. Bergmann, Leader of the Transportation Team, was one of the professionals interviewed for the piece.
"The last spending bill passed by Congress kept Amtrak on life support but really does not provide the funding to deal with their infrastructure needs or to support all of the new service initiatives," Bergmann told Law360. "Today, many of Amtrak's operations rely on ‘state-supported’ service, and state governments are struggling to find money to pay for passenger rail."
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