MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 1974
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, ever
since the advent of Amtrak and the
significant reduction in passenger train
service In many areas of the Nation, my
able colleague, Senator LEE METCALF, and
I have been attempting to convince Amtrak
officials that they made a mistake
In reducing service to a 3-day a week
basis on the old Northern Pacific Railroad
or the southern route. This route
serves the most populous part of the
State. The passenger demand Is there
and, In many cases, Amtrak has been
unable to provide the service.
I am delighted to report that Amtrak
has now agreed with Senator METCALF
and me and that effective May 19 of this
year they will begin daily rail passenger
service on the southern Montana route.
What happens after the summer season
will depend on patronage during this
period. There is no question In my mind
that this passenger service will be utilized
to the fullest If the service is provided in
an efficient and competent manner.
Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent
to have printed at this point in my
remarks a letter from Senator METCALF
and me and one from Amtrak responding
There being no objection, the letter
was ordered to be printed in the RECORD,
OFFICE OP' THE MAJORITY LEADI>R,
Wa.•hington, D.C., Not>ember 21, 1973.
Mr. ROG!:R LEWIS,
DEAR MR. LEWIS: We are lnfonned that the
Amtrak· passenger trains servlng the southern
route In Montana are booked to capacity
d urlng the coming Christmas holidays. Advance
reservations promise that travel will be
heavier this year than las t . We would be
grateful If you would Immediately Investigate
the sl tua.tlon and advise what steps
Amtrak contemplates to secure additional
cars to meet the expected demand.
Additionally, we feel It Is particularly appropriate
again to raise the Issue of expandIng
the present three-day seTVlce to a seven-day
service. Passenger rlderahlp ht.S been on
the Increase and will no doubt continue to
expand as travelers seek alternatives to t he
private a.utomobUe. Would It not be wise to
begin planilllng for an expansion of raU servIce
that will surely be necessary In this time
Ott gasoline short"4!"S?
Your early response wU! be appreciated.
Very truly yours,
Hon. Muu: MANSFIJ:LD,
January 18, 1974.
DEAR SENATOR MANSFIELD: Thank yOU !Or
your letter of November 21 , 1973, to Mr.
Roger Lewis, which you sent jointly with
Senator Lee Metcalf expressing your Interest
In seeing additional equipment oper ated
through the Christmas h ollday periOd on the
Hiawatha. trains and requesting tha t Amtrak
take another look at the question of d ally
passenger service on the southern Montana
Early In December 1973, your office was provided
an outline o! the additional equlpmPnt
that would be operated on both the norLt.cn t
and southern Montana trains through the
past holiday period. In the meant ime Amtrak
had been continuing to examine the
feasibility of dally rail passenger service on
the southern Montana route. Effective May
19, 1974, Amtrak will begin dally service
from Chicago to Seattle on the North Coast
Hiawatha. route. This service wUI be operated
on a trial basis through the summer, but
as Amtrak has seen In the past, when given
an opportunity to use an attractive rail p as senger
service the people. of Montana h ave
ROBERT C. MOOT.
Vice President, Government Affairs.
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, In
addition, I wish to take this opportunity
to compliment the Interstate Commerce
Commission for the order issued at the
end of 1973 ordering Amtrak and the
other railroad passenger trains to u p grade
their equipment, services, reservations,
and timetables comparable to that
now available from the commercial airlines.
I agree that there is no reason thai
these same services cannot be offered by
our Nation's railroads; it may take a
little more effort and a little more dedication.
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 49, Folder 46, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
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