Tom Carper of Macomb has completed his four-year term as chairman of the Amtrak Board of Directors.
Carper feels Amtrak enjoyed success during that period, though sometimes it was frustrating because the federal government has no dedicated source of funding for passenger rail service.
“So every year, we’re in the budget. So every year, people who don’t like passenger rail or whatever can take a whack at Amtrak. That’s frustrating,” Carper said.
The head of the Amtrak Board of Directors said the service has benefited from funding stability in recent years.Chairman Tom Carper, who is a former mayor of Macomb, said it's been crucial to Amtrak's planning to have the threat of cuts removed.“We've had stability in the last three years, and lo and behold, what's happened? We're building railroads in the Midwest,” Carper said.He also pointed out ridership is up.