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House T&I Committee Approves Amtrak Bill

The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee has approved a four-year Amtrak reauthorization and extension of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA) without any amendments on Wednesday, Sept. 17, with a unanimous voice vote. The bill was introduced by the bipartisan leadership of the committee.

The bill roughly maintains current funding levels through fiscal 2018 and—with a particular emphasis on Northeast Corridor-related issues—authorizes state and other grants for that region. It also includes changes to FRA’s Railroad ­Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) program, including provisions to expedite project delivery. The T&I bill does not fund a significant expansion of intercity and high-speed rail.

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