Capital funding for Amtrak awaiting Clinton's signature

The Transportation Department appropriations bill awaiting President Clinton's signature includes $571 million in capital funding for Amtrak, the full amount requested by the rail line. It is the second consecutive year that Congress has provided Amtrak with full funding.

Despite having to delay the debut of its Acela Express high-speed train until next spring due to modifications to its wheels, Amtrak generally is riding a wave of good news.

Ridership has increased 3% and passenger revenues are 6% ahead of last year when they topped $1 billion for the first time.

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