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You all should write your congressmen and tell them to support this bill. I have copied and pasted a good description from www.beyonddc.com

* Completely fund Amtrak for the next five years.
* Solicit a request for proposals to improve high-speed rail in the Northeast Corridor to more European standards, with the specific goal of reducing travel time between New York and Washington to less than two hours on an express train.
* Instruct the Department of Transportation to identify potential new routes for both basic Amtrak service and high-speed service, including a specific study of high-speed rail in the Southeast Corridor from Washington to Charlotte.
* Appropriate $60 million for a new tunnel alignment in Baltimore, to be approved by 2013.
* Authorize a grant to add a third track and make other improvements to the rail line between Washington and Richmond, improving the prospects of adding VRE service on the Fredericksburg line.
* Instruct the Federal Railroad Administration to study the extent to which biofuels can be used for freight and passenger rail.
* Provide a framework to fund intercity rail plans drawn up by individual states.
* Conduct a study comparing rail service in the United States to rail service abroad, identifying deficiencies in domestic service.

There is more information and analysis at the website.
 

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You all should write your congressmen and tell them to support this bill. I have copied and pasted a good description from www.beyonddc.com

* Completely fund Amtrak for the next five years.
* Solicit a request for proposals to improve high-speed rail in the Northeast Corridor to more European standards, with the specific goal of reducing travel time between New York and Washington to less than two hours on an express train.
* Instruct the Department of Transportation to identify potential new routes for both basic Amtrak service and high-speed service, including a specific study of high-speed rail in the Southeast Corridor from Washington to Charlotte.
* Appropriate $60 million for a new tunnel alignment in Baltimore, to be approved by 2013.
* Authorize a grant to add a third track and make other improvements to the rail line between Washington and Richmond, improving the prospects of adding VRE service on the Fredericksburg line.
* Instruct the Federal Railroad Administration to study the extent to which biofuels can be used for freight and passenger rail.
* Provide a framework to fund intercity rail plans drawn up by individual states.
* Conduct a study comparing rail service in the United States to rail service abroad, identifying deficiencies in domestic service.

There is more information and analysis at the website.


it's ashame that whenever Amtrak's budget comes up for renewal, the fed always wants to slash funding and the rail service always comes to the brink of bankruptcy.
 
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