"If our nation’s intercity passenger rail system — and the transportation system of the United States as a whole — is to be developed and sustained, it is imperative that Amtrak and other federal rail programs be integrated into a comprehensive and truly multi-modal surface transportation authorization bill,” McHugh said.
Congress recently passed a short-term extension of the SAFETEA-LU bill, which funds highways and public transportation through September. House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman John Mica (R-Fla) has criticized the short-term extensions, and supports a six-year bill.
The Obama administration has proposed spending $556 billion on transportation over that period, but Republicans in both chambers have indicated that increase is unlikely to gain legislative traction.
Amtrak lays out priorities for surface transportation bill
By Keith Laing - 04/12/11 04:35 PM EDT