Dec 11, 2021 - Politics & Policy
Amtrak warns of service reduction due to vaccine mandate
Amtrak faces the threat of a service reduction in January if more employees don't receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the company's president said, per AP.
Driving the news: About 95% of Amtrak workers are at least partially vaccinated ahead of the Jan. 4 vaccination deadline set for employees of federal contractors by the Biden administration, per AP.
- "We anticipate proactively needing to temporarily reduce some train frequencies across our network in January to avoid staffing-related cancellations," Amtrak's president Stephen Gardner warned if employees resist getting the shots before the deadline.
The big picture: Gardner's remarks come after Amtrak cut its workforce significantly after travel on Amtrak slowed due to the pandemic, AP writes. Passenger traffic is up to about 70% of what it was before the pandemic, Gardner said.
- White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday that she is not concerned about potential disruption to services due to the vaccine mandate, per AP.
- "We don’t expect these requirements will cause disruptions to services that people depend on,” Psaki said during a briefing. "There is some time to implement it."