In Amtrak’s defense…
Amtrak, like everything else in the Northeast, was hit hard by the weekend snow storm, and is still recovering. But the railroad wants people to know what it did accomplish while everyone was struggling.
So here’s a statement just out from Amtrak. It’s in quotes, though not attributed to any particular Amtrak official…
WASHINGTON— “As the Northeast continues to dig out from the historic snowstorm that blanketed the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions this weekend and wreaked havoc on roads and transit systems and shut down airports, most Amtrak trains were on the move between Washington, D.C., New York, and Boston.
“Over the weekend Amtrak carried thousands of people to their destinations when others couldn’t — and we did so safely. We accommodated numerous travelers who gave up on the airlines. We carried people home for the holidays while other services were still waiting to dig out.
“To be sure, the severe winter storm caused Amtrak to cancel some trains and we experienced delays, but our dedicated employees kept the Amtrak-owned Northeast Corridor open for travel even during the worst of the blizzard. Amtrak never shut down.
“Amtrak stepped up, met the challenge, and once again proved to be a vital transportation link. We are proud to serve the American people and hope we earned some new customers.”