Council to Lobby Lawmakers to Revive 2002 Amtrak Reform Plan

Sanchez, Humberto
December 2004
Bond Buyer;12/16/2004, Vol. 350 Issue 32031, p6
Trade Publication
The article gives information about the Amtrak Reform Council, which is intending to lobby lawmakers to revive the Amtrak Reform Plan. In an effort to improve the nation's aging passenger and freight rail infrastructure, members of the now-defunct council have said that they intend to lobby the Congress to implement their 2002 plan to reorganize the national passenger railroad. "In the five years we spent on this council studying Amtrak, we found some very important pieces to the solution," council chairman Gilbert E. Carmichael said at a press conference yesterday. Congress established the 12-member panel in 1997 to monitor Amtrak's progress toward financial self-sufficiency. Early in 2002 the council released a restructuring plan for the railroad after ruling that it would not reach self-sufficiency by a prescribed December 2002 deadline, the same date that legislation authorizing the council expired.


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