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Amtrak on-time record deteriorating; please send $151 billion

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If you've gotten the impression that Amtrak trains have been running slower this year, it's not your imagination. They have been, as this Wall Street Journal article documents.

The decline in on-time arrivals was particularly sharp in January and February, when the Northeast experienced — thanks to climate change! — cold winter weather, but March and April were both down nearly 10 percent. But don't worry. Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman has a solution: $151 billion in spending to improve track. Somehow I don't think that's going to be forthcoming.

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