Amtrak Overlooks Substance Abuse

    NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 08: An Amtrak train waits in Newark Penn Station on February 8, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey. Amtrak, a government-owned corporation, has joined up with New Jersey's two U.S. senators to propose a new rail link to New York City under the Hudson River. The "Gateway Project", which was formally proposed on Monday, would include two tunnels under the Hudson River and increase the train traffic under the river from 62 trains per day to 92 and cost an estimated $13.5 billion. This plan is looked at as an alternative after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie killed another rail link plan last year after he deemed it too costly to New Jersey residents.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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    Next stop: rehab? A new internal audit by Amtrak’s Office of Inspector General alleges that the nation’s largest passenger rail carrier has been overlooking an alarming rise in drug and alcohol use by its employees. The company’s employees failed drug and alcohol tests at a rate 51 percent higher than the national average, a number that has been steadily climbing since 2006. The report concludes that these numbers “raise serious questions about Amtrak’s commitment to controlling drug and alcohol use.”

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