By Tristan 

Tester wants Westerner on Amtrak board


Montana's junior senator, Jon Tester, is looking to get a new perspective on the board that governs passenger rail travel in the United States.

Tester is urging President Barack Obama to appoint someone from the West to the open position on the Amtrak board.

"Amtrak's importance in Western states should not be ignored," Tester wrote in a letter to Obama. "Some of Amtrak's busiest routes and stations are in the West — as are some of its greatest opportunities for growth and expansion."

Amtrak, formed in 1970 through an act of Congress, is a private corporation providing rail service by...

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