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Airline uncertainty pushing some to Amtrak

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It appears that uncertainty over airline flight delays is pushing some travelers to Amtrak.

In only a few minutes at D.C.'s Union Station, we found two New York-based passengers who abruptly changed their travel plans because of ongoing furloughs of air traffic controllers. FAA administrators say the furloughs are necessary because of the Congressional sequester law, which mandates across-the-board spending reductions.

"I was on the Delta Shuttle [Wednesday morning at LaGuardia Airport] and my flight was canceled three times, so I just decided to buy an Amtrak ticket," explained Peter Krug who was returning to Manhattan on Thursday afternoon.

John Walker, a retired attorney from Westchester who serves on a board of directors based in Washington, also chose the train over flying to D.C.

"A number of my friends (who have been trying to get to D.C.) missed their meetings and so I decided I wasn't going to take the chance and took the train yesterday," said Walker. "And now I'm returning by train."

Amtrak does not release daily passenger counts, but the men who work at the shoeshine stand at Union Station agreed that Amtrak passenger traffic on the Northeast Corridor appears to be up over the past couple of days.


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