Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 19, 1973 · Page 10
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10 GREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE Thurs., April 1», 1973 Amtrokcuts 'Hurley's Hornet' By CARL C. CRAFT Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Call it "Barley's Hornet" or "The Potomac Special," Amlrak is calling it quits for this train and Harley calls it mismanagement. Rep. Harley 0. Staggers, D- W.Va., a chief author of the intercity passenger train law that created Amtrak, made public Wednesday a letter in which he urged Roger Lewis, Amtrak's president, to reconsider the decision to stop serving Staggers' home district. "It has been a source of bitter disappointment to me, and to many of my colleagues who worked very hard with me on the Amtrak legislation," Staggers said, "to see our hopes for the public interest wither away in the face of bureaucratic mismanagement, shortsighted policies and general disinterest or inability to formulate an effective program to restore this nation's passenger rail service to the important position it once held." Instead of discontinuing its experimental rail passenger service between Washington, D.C., and Parkersburg, W.Va., Staggers said, Amtrak should extend the run to Cincinnati. Staggers is chairman of the House Commerce Committee that wrote the law creating the National Railroad Passenger 'Corp.--Amtrak's official name. 'Amtrak, claiming high operating losses and low general public interest, plans to discontinue the run May 5, .just 19 months after it began its daily : 351-mile journey. "1 view this matter, of course, as the representative of a section of the country which can ill afford the economic consequences which will, result from the discontinuance," Staggers wrote Lewis. "But in a larger sense, this abandonment of a short-lived . and promising experiment is indicative of the failure to date of Amtrak arid its management to live up to the expectations, which many have had for it," he said. Staggers said he does not challenge the figures showing the train was incurring substantial losses, "but I do question management decisions which doomed from the outset any chance for success which this run might have had. "It is 'difficult to imagine, for example, how it was thought that the public could be attracted back to railway passenger service by a schedule which provided that eastbound trains would depart in the middle of the night." The Nixon administration urged stopping the experiment' because the route suffered high operating losses and extremely low patronage with an average of five passengers on board beyond the commuter territory. Unemployment steady in Britain LONDON (AP) - Unemployment in Britain remained steady in April at three per cent of the working population, the Department of Employment announced today. But in real terms a downward trend which started last August continued. On April 9 there were 691,866 persons out of work -- 9,229 more than in March. 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