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Senator Frank Lautenberg to Take Amtrak One Last Time

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 - 12:31 PM

New Jersey Transit's Secaucus Junction station, named for Senator Frank Lautenberg (Mark Chang/flickr)

It's a fitting tribute to a man who fought ferociously for passenger rail: Frank Lautenberg's body will be transported to Washington, D.C. by Amtrak.

Lautenberg -- the last World War II veteran to serve in the Senate -- will be buried later this week in Arlington National Cemetery.

Following Wednesday's funeral service in Manhattan, the Senator's body will be taken to the Secaucus rail station that bears his name. His casket will then be placed on an Amtrak train to Washington, D.C.

On Monday, Amtrak issued a statement that read, in part: “We mourn the passing of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a tireless advocate of Amtrak, passenger rail and improved mobility for the entire Northeast region."

At the time of his death, the New Jersey senator was leading the Gateway project, a new trans-Hudson rail that would increase Amtrak's capacity in the Northeast Corridor.

Searching the word "Amtrak" on the Senator's website brings up 305 hits.

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Comments [2]

Thomas from Missouri

Not unlike the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri, named after conservative Senator Kit Bond, who secured funding for the project. Or countless other projects that some congressperson, of all stripes, helped secure funding for, and then public officials or someone named after them. It's not a partisan issue. Quit trying to "tarnish" his work, but then again I'm sure he would have worn with pride the moniker of progressive.

Jun. 05 2013 02:21 PM
Eric F

He had money taken from NJ taxpayers to fund a transfer station that was then named after him in enormous letters. Now that's progressive!

Jun. 04 2013 03:59 PM

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