Sen. Casey to call for increase in Amtrak funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week marks one year since the deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia. On Wednesday, United States Senator Bob Casey will ask Congress to increase funding for Amtrak. 

During the conference call, Casey will ask his fellow lawmakers to fund grants to Amtrak at the President's FY17 request of $1.9 billion. Casey's office says the money would go toward continuing the current service and addressing capital investment needs. 

On May 12, 2015 an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia. Eight people died and more than 200 passengers were injured. 

Amtrak carries nearly 31 million passengers throughout the country and more than 1.4 million in the Keystone Corridor. Amtrak employs more than 2,600 people in Pennsylvania and spends more than $200 million a year on procurement contracts in the state. 

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