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How the Amtrak Crash Is Hurting the U.S. Economy

Posted by New Leaders Council 4 Admin on May 15, 2015 at 4:32 PM

Originally published on Time by Justin Worland on May 14, 2015.

Could be costing $100 million a day in lost productivity

Stephen Mullin, president of a Philadelphia consulting firm, arrived at Boston’s South Station on Wednesday morning for what should have been a typical five-and-a-half hour trip home in the comfort of an Amtrak train. Instead, following Tuesday night’s deadly derailment of a train, Mullin became one of thousands of passengers jumping through hoops to complete what is usually an easy trip. His journey would last more than 9 hours and require travel on three different rail providers, Mullin said Wednesday.

“This is a pretty big hiccup,” said Mullin, who served as Philadelphia’s director of commerce during the 1990s, of the crash’s impact on railroad service across the Northeast Corridor, the stretch of rail between Washington, D.C., and Boston that Amtrak says serves more than 2,200 trains each day. The accident, which left at least seven people dead and more than 200 others injured, happened “right smack dab in the middle of the heaviest use of train commuting in the country."

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