Amtrak representatives visit Downtown Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The CEO of Amtrak visited Hattiesburg to rally funds for federal finances from Congress.

"Infrastructure deterioration and changes in business patterns have reached a point where something has to change. If America wants a modern intercity passenger rail system, the problems of policy and funding must be addressed, "said Joseph Boardman, president and CEO of Amtrak.

Amtrak is seeking a change in federal passenger rail investment and warned that continuation of current funding levels leave the Northeast Corridor infrastructure vulnerable to a bigger, costlier and damaging failure than anything yet seen.

Boardman also thanked Hattiesburg for using Amtrak by presenting the mayor and the city with a large plaque stating Hattiesburg is "An Amtrak Served Community"

Copyright 2014 WDAM. All rights reserved.