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Idaho Business Review article: Amtrak rails may ring in trains’ return

Excerpt from article by Zach Hagadone in the Idaho Business Review on July 20, 2009

When C.B. Hall looks at Amtrak’s system map he sees a “vast white space” between Seattle and Denver – a space where, up until 1997, the Pioneer route wound its way from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast.

The line was discontinued after losing $20 million in 1996, but Hall, a Seattle-area writer, translator and volunteer coordinator of the Pioneer Restoration Organization, is among those working to bring it back.

“Amtrak, after all, is supposed to maintain a national system of passenger rail routes,” he said. “A lot of these towns [along the route] still have their train stations… what they’re lacking is … read the entire article.

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