s 5956 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD -SENATE April 29, 1971
TO POSTPONE IMPLEMENTATION
OF PROPOSED "AMTRAK" RAIL
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, on
behalf of my distinguished colleague
from Montana y got them !rom the
railways that had been hauling passengers.
Rl\.llpoax tells us that the northern route
wa.s chosen acr058 Montana because of more
ridership, whatever that means. At this writIng
Ule term has not been ghen definition
It certainly Is not advocated here Ulat
the northern route across Montana and North
Dakota be abandoned In favor of the souUlein,
more populous, route. Both are needed.
That expresses the feelings of my
colleague and me. I continue to read:
There Is good ree.son t.o belleve that high
offic!a.Js or the Bur!1ngton Northern were
just as a.mazed a.s most people In the aroo
when they Jea.rned, along wl th the reot o!
us, that only the northern or HI-Line
route would be used.
Insiders thought both would be used, perha.
ps on alternate days, to wrve both Yellow&
tone and Glac1er parks and the people or
the aress. The Interstate Commerce Commission
The Interstate Commerce Commission,
of nll groups, recommended it.
I continue to read:
Whether Congress will be responsible to
the wlll or the people Is not known. Energetic
forces are at work In Montana now to
st"ek a delay In Rallpax starting May 1.
Another 90 days Is sought In which to make
Senators Mike MAnsfield a.nd Lee Metcalf
a.nd Representatives John Melcher a.nd Dick
Shoup are trying to persuade their ft'llow
congressmen that Ra!lpax Is not doing what
It said It would. More time Is needed.
It was, as one of Ulem states, the lnten~
o! the RaHway Passenger Servloe Act to
bring a.bout rejuvenated pa.ssengrr service
that would replace deteriorating a.nd stugrumt
fa.c1litles that the ma.jorlty or ra.llroo.c:ls
In this country a.re seemingly un..-~ob!e and
unwilling to Jmprove.
That Is not what Is hapenlng under Railpax.
In the Burlington Northern's area. alone
the number o! passenger t.r:l.lns ls being cut
from 32 to 6 and the dally train miles from
26,972 to 6,858.
Get that. The number of passenger
trains is'being cut from 32 to 6 and the
daily train miles from 26,972 to 6,858.
I continue to read:
Tha.t could hardly be cal!ed un Improvement.
Rallpa.x appears to be concentrating on
long-distance trains, like Chlcago and
Seattle. That Isn't what Is needed In this
area or for that ma.tter much o! the west.
We need local service and c!ed.n, conofortable
Admittedly, there are few who want to
spend 24 hours getting from Bllllngs to
Chlco.go or a few hours Jess to Seattle.
You'll fty. But try Wllbaux. Or Chester. Or
The Blllln;;s Chamber of Commerce, headed
by President James Coming, Is deeply Involved
In trying to preserve rallway passenger
service a.Jong "The Main Street 0! the Northwest,"
the southern route
He Is right when be says "we feel It Is
mandatory that the publlc have an opportunity
to both hear and be heard before this
90-year old service Is terminated." That is
why a postponement Is needed In Congres3.
The Northern Pacific's first train crossed
the Yellowstone River Into Bl111ngs Aug. 22
That, I belie\'e, was 7 years after the
battle of the Little Big Horn, at which
Custer was massacred.
The renowned North Coast Limited begun
Its steaming through the Yellowstone Valley
In 1900, The VIsta Domes came In 1954
And now R:1.1Jpax, May 1, 1971, spells the
doom of the oldest na.me train In the west, a
train not even the Burllngton Northern
asked to discontinue.
It Is going to cost the Burllngton Northern
$33.4 mlllion to shed Its passenger trains In
the contract It ha.s signed with Amtrak
(Rallpax) The figure is based on 50 per
cent of the ra.llroad's passenger deficit !OJ
It Is going to cost most o! the people o1
the area railway passenger service that Rail·
pax purportedly was to Improve.
And that is what Congress thought
when it passed this bill.
In the words 0! Senator Metcalf "I can
only recommend to the Defense Department
that It set up a. Ra.llpax !or the Ho Chi
Minh TraiL It would be cheaper, save llves
a.nd probably be more successful In stopping
Mr. President, I suggest the absence of
The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk
w1ll call the roll.
The second assistant legislative clerk
proceeded to call the roll.
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, I ask
unaninlous consent that the order for
the quorum call be rescinded.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without
objection, it is so ordered.
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, I
have had further consultation regarding
the parlimanetary situation and in behalf
of my distinguished colleague, the
Senator from Montana
Click tabs to swap between content that is broken into logical sections.
Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana. For additional information about our collections visit our website: http://www.lib.umt.edu/asc . To suggest a keyword or share what you know about this item e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Images captured using a Atiz BookDrive Pro with dual Canon EOS Rebel T1i�s at 400 PPI. Dual camera control through BookDrive Capture 5.1. Camera RAW (.CR2) files processed to an Image PDF at 300 PPI using Adobe Bridge CS5. PDF files Downsampled to a web-ready PDF and Optical Character Recognition performed using Adobe Acrobat Pro.
Copyright to this collection is held by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula. This image may also be protected by copyright. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections.