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Volume 5, Number 24
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1) Amtrak is smiling approvingly at one its bankers, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, who has filed a bill in the United States Senate to provide Amtrak with $2.8 billion to overhaul existing equipment and build new rolling stock.
If this bill becomes law (and, it is only in very early stages), Amtrak must take this opportunity to properly equip itself for the future – both financially and to meet passenger demand – with the correct selection of equipment, not just replacements for existing rolling stock.
URPA has updated its 2005 white paper, Concepts of the Successful Long Distance Passenger Train of the Future.
The update is attached, and may also be found on URPA’s web site.
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