West Virginia lawmakers introduce bill to promote daily ‘Cardinal’ service

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Amtrak's Cardinal No. 50 rolls through St. Albans, W.Va., in July 2015. Currently, the train operates only three days a week from Chicago to New York City.
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s House of Delegates are supporting a bill that would allow the state tourism commissioner to work with other states and Amtrak to help make the Cardinal a daily passenger train, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports.

The bill would also set up a special revenue account that, in the future, could be used if the tourism commissioner wanted to allocate funds from other sources to promote daily train service. The bill does not allocate any money toward daily train operations.

Amtrak representative Charlie Monte Verde tells Trains News Wire he has no comment on the legislation, but is monitoring its progress closely.

In September 2016, a panel of West Virginia lawmakers attending a tourism conference unanimously passed a motion in favor of a daily train service.

The bill, which was approved in a 95-5 vote, is now on its way to the state senate for review.

Amtrak's Cardinal, Nos. 50 and 51, is a tri-weekly train operating Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday through West Virginia. It connects Chicago and New York City. 

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