Even though it's just one job, residents of Marshall, Texas, are trying to change the company's mind.
More than 600 people have signed a petition asking Amtrak to keep its customer service representative on staff at the Marshall Train Depot.
"I am now 80. I have 10 pounds of steel up my back from back surgery. I could not get off and on the train if it wasn't for a station agent," said Gail Beil, who rides the train about once a month.
Marshall Depot Board members, city leaders and concerned citizens presented the petition to the offices of Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn and Rep. Louie Gohmert on Monday asking them to intervene.
They say station agent George Cantley is vital not only to the efficient operation of the station, but the safety of passengers.
"It's not like George is just greeting people, not just ticketing people. He has recurrent training every year, so he is there for safety of the passengers," said Christina Anderson, of the Marshall Depot Board and I-20 Corridor Council.
"We want to make sure Texas Eagle remains strong. And keeping it strong means that people have not only easy access to ticketing, easy access to the platform. If people see, 'Oh I can't reach a person at the station,' ridership will go down. Revenue will go down. It will have a negative impact."
Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari cites online sales for the change:
Texarkana, which saw 6,231 boardings and alightings in fiscal year 2017, lost its representative last month.
And the change in Marshall, which saw 8,404 get on an off trains there the same year, was announced at the end of April and is set to take effect June 29.
But residents there say Cantley and his position are too important to the community.
"If you figure in a week and a half, we put 580 names on a petition and Heaven knows how many letters to congressmen and anyone else who will sit still and some who won't, that should tell you something," Beil said.