Amtrak tells Montana congressional delegation that station agent cuts are final

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HAVRE, Mont. — Two Montana towns will not be getting their Amtrak station agents back anytime soon. The Havre Daily News reports that Amtrak officials recently informed Montana’s congressional delegation that the decision to cut station agents at Havre and Shelby is final.

Democrat Sen. Jon Tester, Republican Sen. Steve Daines, and Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte had all criticized the plan to eliminate the station agents. But Amtrak says eliminating the agents will save $200,000 annually.

In April, Amtrak announced it was eliminating agents in 15 communities along seven long-distance routes. The stations will remain open so passengers have a place to wait for their trains, but they will no longer be able to buy tickets there, instead either having to purchase their tickets online or from the conductor. Part-time caretakers will be hired to keep the waiting areas clean.

The decision to remove station agents from Havre and Shelby leaves just two depots in Montana with full-time Amtrak employees: Whitefish and the seasonal stop at East Glacier Park.

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