In testimony before congressional committees earlier this year, Gunn even threatened that allocating only $900 million for Amtrak would cause the railroad to shutdown operations completely.
"One of our biggest obstacles is the lack of working capital," Gunn told lawmakers. "Even if I hit my budget, I will end the year with barely $10 to $20 million in the bank. In other words, we are one bureaucratic slip up away from insolvency."
In a recent press release, Amtrak contends they had provide Congress with a very clear and detailed budget and plan for FY04 that painstakingly lays out the need for $1.812 billion. Any amount lower, says Gunn, will keep the entire Amtrak system at risk.
"For too long this company (Amtrak) deferred maintenance on its plant and equipment," said Gunn. "The can has been kicked down the road so far, that we have simply run out of road. The work has to begin now."
Gunn concluded, "Failure to fully fund this request, I fear, will quickly bring on the next crisis. This railroad simply cannot continue to operate without an adequate maintenance budget."
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