Reuters/Eduardo Munoz. An AMTRAK train leaving the Harrison station in New Jersey

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New Amtrak Bill Still Means the Same Old Funding Debate

September 16, 2014, Adie Tomer and Joseph Kane

Last week, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee released their proposed update to the country’s passenger rail legislation. The Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act (PRRIA) of 2014 not only reauthorizes the federal program for four years, but it also contains a broad suite of sensible reforms to meet Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Denham’s goal of Amtrak running “more like a business.” Yet, it also continues to avoid the system’s glaring Catch-22. Congress perennially blasts Amtrak for its annual losses on long-distance routes—namely, those stretching over 750 miles—but federal law requires Amtrak to run these same routes.

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