In the southern Idaho-eastern Oregon area there’s been hope, for a long time, of restoration of the old Pioneer trim passenger line on Amtrak. It’s been a distant hope, even as legislators such as Idaho Senator Mike Crapo have pushed for it. But now comes a sign that maybe, possibly, it might happen.
Financially, the line was a loser ($20 million a year) when it was shuttered in 1996. But times are changing, and prospects – especially in the new economic-political environment – are changing. Last year Congress ordered a rethink on passenger lines in Amtrak, and the Associated Press is reporting now that Pioneer is currently under evaluation.
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