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Amtrak won’t say how many Delaware jobs were cut after audit

October 1, 2018

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Months after a government audit recommended Amtrak reduce its number of train mechanics in Delaware, the passenger rail company has confirmed the state’s workforce was reduced. But, The News Journal reports , it won’t say how many jobs were cut or when.

Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods said the reduction happened after the government-owned company purchased new locomotives requiring less maintenance, but didn’t provide further details.

According to the April inspector general report, Delaware had 470 workers. Woods says that number is now around 400, but wouldn’t confirm if the difference was all a result of cuts.

Two of Amtrak’s three heavy maintenance facilities are in Delaware. The report said the company could save $3 million a year by cutting “excess” staff.

Amtrak posted a net loss of $969 million in 2017.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com

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