A state senator waved his 10-ride Amtrak card as he expressed his concern that the passenger rail service would have a lower profile in Illinois if the governor's proposed budget goes through. Acting state transportation secretary Randy Blankenhorn told State Sen. Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) during an appropriations hearing Thursday he hoped there would be as few cuts as possible.
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McGuire:“So, did you say not to cut service any more than we have to?”
Blankenhorn:“Not to cut any more than we have to.”
McGuire:“So reductions are – certain?”
Blankenhorn:“Reductions are not certain. We're not at that point in having those conversations of what actually happens with these cuts. Amtrak has not been able to give us that analysis yet.”
The governor's office proposes a reduction in the state subsidy from $42 million to $26 million.