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Congress, Unions Can Cure Rail Worker Shortage

Written by Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor

Railroads, including Amtrak, are hiring, but applicants are scarce. The Washington Post reports Amtrak is short 1,500 workers, and may be forced to eliminate some service, trim some daily long-distance trains to three times weekly, and delay inauguration of new routes. Already, Amtrak is operating at 80% of its pre-pandemic schedule.

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