Senate also rebukes White House's Amtrak cuts
Following in the footsteps of the House, a Senate panel has rejected the Trump administration's proposal to cut long-distance Amtrak service. Not only does the budget approved by the Senate Appropriations transportation subcommittee include full funding for Amtrak's national network, it includes $550 million for the TIGER grant program, which the House proposed eliminating. Subcommittee chair Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, was overheard calling the White House's proposal "incredibly irresponsible."
The proposed budget for TIGER is an increase over the last round of grants, which totaled $500 million. Since it was created in 2009, the competive grant program has supported a number of rail and multi-modal projects around the Midwest. Future TIGER grants could support the upgrade projects planned by CrossRail Chicago.
Amtrak would be funded at $1.7 billion in FY2018 under the proposal, which will be be considered by the whole Appropriations committee next.
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December 02, 2017
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
This is a combined meeting of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association and the annual meeting of the Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers annual meeting.
The full agenda will be available soon. It will include a presentation by MHSRA Executive Director Rick Harnish, on the Phased Network Approach.
The meeting location is walking distance from the new Dearborn, MI railroad station.
November 03, 2017
Midwest High Speed Rail Association Executive Director Rick Harnish will hosting a panel on the Phased Network Approach as part of the National Association of Railroad Passengers' 50th Anniversary conference.
November 03, 2018 to November 11, 2018
We will visit Rome, Florence, Bologna, Milan and Turin, traveling by high speed train and transit. We will strive to meet with both high-speed train operators and the public transit operators in each of the cities. And, of course, we will mix in a little tourism.
Please call the Society of International Railway Travelers at 502-897-1725 if you have any interest in joining us.