Amtrak likely to cut services over federal vaccine mandate, executive says
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Amtrak’s president told Congress on Thursday that some train service would likely need to be scaled back temporarily due to around 5% of its workforce remaining unvaccinated.
Stephen Gardner wrote in written testimony he didn’t anticipate having an adequate amount of employees to meet the Biden administration’s Jan. 4 federal coronavirus vaccination deadline, necessitating service reductions, according to the Wall Street Journal.
He said he thought the company could return to its full schedule by March or earlier.
"We anticipate proactively needing to temporarily reduce some train frequencies across our network in January to avoid staffing-related cancellations — with our plan to fully restore all frequencies by March, or as soon as we have qualified employees available," Gardner told lawmakers during a House transportation subcommittee hearing.
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Gardner said long-distance routes will likely be the most affected, according to the Journal.