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Bush to Amtrak, “Nuts!”

Hardly a surprise, the entire report runs in Gannett news sources.

Monday, February 4, 2008
By RAJU CHEBIUM
Gannett News Service

WASHINGTON WASHINGTON – The White House released a $3.1 trillion budget request today that includes $68 billion for transportation programs and services for the 2009 fiscal year.

The transportation spending plan – smaller than the current year’s by $2.3 billion – reflects a reduction from what Congress gave Amtrak this year. But it also marks a record amount of money for transit programs nationwide, the Bush administration said.

Bush sought $900 million for Amtrak, the quasi-private passenger rail service – $300 million for operations, $500 million for capital expenses including upgrading the Northeast Corridor, and $100 million for grants to states to increase service between heavily traveled cities.

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  1. […] the extra bit of irony here is that President Bush, an avowed enemy of a reasonable budget for Amtrak, is now planning on signing the bill, according to the New York Times. It must be a sign of the […]

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