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Congress approves bill that zeroes out HSR funding in FY2012


Yesterday, the House and Senate passed the Conference Report on a package of three appropriations bills, including the fiscal-year 2012 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies appropriations bill.

The legislation, which now goes to President Obama for his signature, zeroes out funding for high-speed and intercity rail grants in FY2012, according to an American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) “Legislative Alert.”

The bill funds Amtrak capital grants at $952 million, a $30 million increase from FY2011, and Amtrak operating grants at $466 million, a “significant decrease” from the FY2011 enacted level of $562 million, APTA said.

The Senate had previously approved $100 million for the high-speed program in FY12, but the House’s version of the spending plan included nothing.

According to published news reports, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he and other supporters of high-speed rail will try to revive high-speed rail funding in the transportation reauthorization bill.

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