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Conference in Cincinnati Discusses Daily Cardinal

“Dozens of representatives of communities along the Amtrak” New York–Chicago Cardinal route “gathered at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce’s headquarters on” Sep. 23, 2016, “to start building a coalition to bring daily service to the line,” reported the Cincinnati Business Courier on Sep. 26.

“Rail advocates and Amtrak officials outlined the hurdles and potential opportunities …

“‘If you truly want to make this train better, you’ve got to run it seven days a week,’ said Charlie Monte Verde, senior government affairs specialist for Amtrak.”

“Transit leaders joined elected and government officials from throughout the Midwest,” reported WCPO-TV, Cincinnati.

Among them was “Chuck Riecks, a vice chairman of the National Association of Rail Passengers and co-chairman of Friends of the Cardinal,” reported the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

“… Riecks said he was encouraged that representatives of CSX Railroad—which makes up a significant portion of the Cardinal route—and the Buckingham Branch Railroad in Virginia attended the conference.”