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Is Amtrak’s 2035 Map Riding on the Surf Board? (UPDATED)

Written by David Peter Alan, Contributing Editor

Amtrak is looking to expand its network of passenger trains, for the first time in two decades. The proposal by “America's Railroad” to add dozens of new corridors and state-supported trains to its network has drawn both support and criticism from advocates: support because it marks a new attitude on Amtrak's part favoring expansion (of some sort, at least); criticism because it does not go far enough toward pushing for more long-distance trains or recognizing the contributions of the citizen-advocates who have been calling for more trains throughout almost all of Amtrak's 50-year history.

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