President Trump's proposed federal budget could end East Texas Amtrak service

Amtrak Budget

LONGVIEW - Amtrak trains have traveled through East Texas since 1974. Their route is called the Texas Eagle, which travels through Texarkana, Marshall, Longview, and Mineola.

President Trump has asked Congress to approve a budget cut that would take 13 percent of the Department of Transportation's budget. Amtrak receives federal subsidies from that Department. 

"It would end all Amtrak service in the country except for the Northeast corridor," East Texas Corridor Executive Director Griff Hubbard said. "The funding would not only take away passenger service but people would lose their jobs as well."

The East Texas Corridor Council works to secure higher speed rail for residents along the I-20 $ U.S. 59 corridors. This spans from Dallas/Fort Worth to Arkansas and Louisiana border connections. 

Hubbard has worked in the railroad industry for 46 years. He says this is not the first time he has had to deal with the threat of losing his job because of funding. 

"This is not my first rodeo, the battle for the Texas Eagle is long from over," Hubbard said.

Mary Huizia is a frequent traveler who uses public transportation for work. She voted for President Trump and is against his proposal. 

"Train travel is a convenience for many people that don't have a car and want to go go long distances," Huzia said. "There has to be other parts of the federal budget that the President can cut."

All proposed budget cuts have to be approved by Congress. Officials say if this cut is approved, expect changes in East Texas train service to take affect next year. 

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