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Rail passenger president urges support to keep Amtrak running


Havre Daily News/Ryan Berry

RPA president Jim Mathews speaks with attendees during a break at the Rail Passengers Association Northwest Division meeting Saturday at the Elk's Lodge in Cut Bank.

Rail passenger advocates Saturday in Cut Bank made arguments that the federal government should be increasing, not cutting back, its investment in Amtrak.

Rail Passengers Association President and CEO Jim Mathews said during RPA's Northwest Division annual meeting that the time is good to push for money for Amtrak, but the association needs the help of the people who ride the train.

"The reason any of this works is because the folks who live here, work here, raise their families here and vote here call, write, email and say, 'I live here, I work here, I raise my family here and I vote her...

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