President Donald Trump’s proposed $2.4 billion Department of Transportation budget cuts will cause 220 cities across 23 states to lose out on all of their passenger train services.
That is the conclusion from a report by the National Association of Rail Passengers (NARP) which highlighted that a reduction in the infrastructure budget would completely cut off Amtrak, transit and commuter services to rural towns.
Of course, the impact will fall disproportionately on the working class who commute from rural towns to busy city centres, with many facing job losses. This will also hit construction and manufacturing jobs.
Jim Mathews, of NARP, states that “These hard working, small town Americans don’t have airports or Uber to turn to; they depend on these trains.”
The irony is that Trump won 70% of the rural vote and these small town communities thought he was going to inject money into their infrastructure. Cutting off their train services and bringing misery to thousands will surely cost Trump pivotal votes if he runs for re-election.