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nnnnn change amtrak's deadly crash in philadelphia two weeks ago the passenger rail service is aging infrastructure has come under scrutiny , including how much money it has to updated , reuters correspondent ernie shader says there's one rail line in particular that's eating up that money , amtrak's empire builder line which starts in chicago makes its way through north dakota's oilfield including stops in williston station i behind , and ends on the west coast , for the first six months of the current fiscal year it lost almost forty million dollars , that's resulted in a woefully underfunded northeast line amtrak's only money making service which for years has subsidized the empire builder line and other long distance routes , for many residents of upper midwest states amtrak is the easiest and most convenient way to get around not to mention the cheapest , amtrak's empire builder line doesn't go near any major highways and for most of it through because i don't hear any major airports , that means if you need to get some say will stand to seattle you can easily take the amtrak train a key selling point amtrak repeats ad nauseum , shutting down part or all of the empire builder would mean for ruining those upper midwest residents , continuing to run it would mean taking badly needed infrastructure funds away from the northeast lines where the philadelphia derailment occurred amtrak is ask congress for more funding for the longer cross country rail lines , but with some senate republicans more in favor of cutting amtrak's entire federal subsidy so far that request has gone unanswered