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Amtrak officials consider cutbacks in Northeast

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Amtrak officials say they may eliminate some Northeast runs in an effort to cut costs, but some regional transportation officials are opposed to reduced service.

"A series of trains are being considered for temporary changes or eliminations," John C. Bennett, vice president for transportation planning and policy for Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, said Saturday at the annual meeting of the Empire State Passengers Association.

Bennett would not specify which lines could be eliminated. But passenger boardings are down in western New York cities following the arrival of low-fare air carriers JetBlue and Southwest.

New York state officials say they oppose any cutbacks.

"We don't want Amtrak to reduce service in New York in any way, shape or form," state Transportation Commissioner Joseph Boardman said.