Amtrak at Risk of Disruption in Railroad Showdown With Congress

  • Railroads seek safety-system deadline extention to 2018
  • Passenger trains from Boston to DC won't be affected

Passengers board an Amtrak Northeast Regional train at Union Station in Washington, D.C.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Amtrak passenger service that runs on tracks owned by freight rail companies may be curtailed unless Congress extends a Dec. 31 deadline to implement a safety system that was mandated seven years ago.

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