Amtrak ridership hits record high amid GOP attacks

Associated Press Published: October 10, 2012

The GOP platform adopted at the Republican National Convention in August calls for "the federal government to get out of way and allow private ventures to provide passenger service" in the lucrative northeast corridor between Washington and Boston — the heart of Amtrak's operations.

Critics have complained that the railroad's trains are slow compared to high-speed passenger trains in Europe and Asia. Last month, Amtrak began testing trains in the Northeast capable of reach speeds as high as 165 mph.

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