Cities voice opposition to loss of Amtrak agent

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Two cities scheduled to lose ticket agents at their Amtrak stations are voicing their opposition to those plans.

In Topeka, Kan., the city council will vote tonight on a resolution asking the help of the area’s representatives in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to retain an agent at the Amtrak station, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. That position is scheduled to be eliminated on Friday, May 18.

The resolution by councilwoman Sylvia Ortiz would direct the city manager to send Amtrak a letter asking it to “retain the current service level including the retention of a customer service representative,” as well as a letter asking the members of Congress to intercede on the city’s behalf.

Topeka is served by Amtrak’s Southwest Chief, which is scheduled to stop at 12:29 a.m. westbound and 5:18 a.m. eastbound.

In Marshall, Texas, the city commission has approved a resolution supporting efforts to retain the Amtrak agent in that community, the Longview News-Journal reports. Marshall is served by the Texas Eagle.

Christina Anderson, of the Marshall Depot board, told the city commision she believes the elimination of the position will have a negative impact on service. “In fact, in the past when they’ve eliminated the staff at our Marshall station, the ridership and the revenue had gone down so much so that it did not even compensate for the salary of the staffing,” she said.




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