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.