Iowans are urged to speak out this week about how important Amtrak trains are in their lives. Henry Wulff, president of the Iowa Association of Railroad Passengers, says America’s passenger rail service is in a “state of crisis” and may soon vanish from our region — without support.The association is holding meetings this week in six Iowa cities which are currently served by Amtrak. Wulff says during Monday’s meeting in Creston, about 50 people showed up at the town’s historic depot to discuss how the trains touch their lives, their families and their businesses.This morning’s meeting was in Osceola. More meetings are planned at Amtrak stations across the southern third of the state this week in: Ottumwa on Wednesday at 10 A-M, Mount Pleasant on Thursday at 10 A-M, Burlington on Thursday at 2 P-M and in Fort Madison on Friday at 10 A-M. Wulff says he’ll be presenting ways people can contact their elected officials to urge continued support of Amtrak’s service.Wulff says the Wednesday meeting in Ottumwa will be special as that’s the date of Amtrak’s 31st birthday. He says “the question is, will Amtrak have a 32nd birthday?” Wulff says the line could shut down all of its long-distance service in October, which would mean the loss of two daily passenger trains in southern Iowa. Last year, more than 55-thousand people got on and off Amtrak trains in Iowa.
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