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6/11/2012



Rail News: High-Speed Rail

House appropriations subcommittee proposes no funding for HSR in FY13


Last week, the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee marked up the fiscal year 2013 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies bill — which does not include any funds for high-speed rail.

The bill does, however, include a new state-of-good-repair maintenance program for Amtrak, providing $500 million through a subaccount within the Capital and Debt Service account. The bill also appropriates $350 million for Amtrak operating assistance, $116 million less than the FY2012 level and $50 million less than the Senate’s FY2013 proposal.

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s version of the bill, which passed in mid-April, appropriates $100 million for capital assistance for “high-performance passenger rail service” to fund programs authorized under the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act,  including grants for intercity passenger-rail projects and projects to reduce congestion or facilitate ridership growth along passenger-rail corridors.

The House is expected to vote on its version of the bill this summer.


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