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October 24, 2007, 12:00 am ET - Amendment SA 3451 proposed by Senator Lautenberg.
October 24, 2007, 12:00 am ET - Amendment SA 3451 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

Full Text of this Amendment

SA 3451. Mr. LAUTENBERG proposed an amendment to the bill S. 294, to reauthorize Amtrak, and for other purposes; as follows:

In the table of contents, strike the items relating to title IV.
On page 22, line 2, insert ``relevant'' after ``each''.
On page 22, line 4, insert ``single, Nationwide'' after ``implement a''.
On page 28, line 12, insert ``As part of its investigation, the Board has authority to review the accuracy of the train performance data.'' after ``operator.''.
On page 29, line 15, insert ``order the host rail carrier to'' after ``appropriate,''.
On page 29, between lines 23 and 24, insert the following:
(b) FEES.--The Surface Transportation Board may establish and collect filing fees from any entity that files a complaint under section 24308(f)(1) of title 49, United States Code, or otherwise requests or requires the Board's services pursuant to this Act. The Board shall establish such fees at levels that will fully or partially, as the Board determines to be appropriate, offset the costs of adjudicating complaints under that section and other requests or requirements for Board action
under this Act. The Board may waive any fee established under this subsection for any governmental entity as determined appropriate by the Board.
(c) AUTHORIZATION OF ADDITIONAL STAFF.--The Surface Transportation Board may increase the number of Board employees by up to 15 for the 5 fiscal year period beginning with fiscal year 2008 to carry out its responsibilities under section 24308 of title 49, United States Code, and this Act.
On page 29, line 24, strike ``(b)'' and insert ``(d)''.
On page 51, between lines 4 and 5, insert the following:
(d) ACELA SERVICE STUDY.--
(1) IN GENERAL.--Amtrak shall conduct a conduct a study to determine the infrastructure and equipment improvements necessary to provide regular Acela service--
(A) between Washington, D.C. and New York City in 2 hours and 30 minutes; and
(B) between New York City and Boston in 3 hours and 15 minutes.
(2) ISSUES.--The study conducted under paragraph (1) shall include--
(A) an estimated time frame for achieving the trip time described in paragraph (1);
(B) an analysis of any significant obstacles that would hinder such an achievement; and
(C) a detailed description and cost estimate of the specific infrastructure and equipment improvements necessary for such an achievement.
(3) SECONDARY STUDY.--Amtrak shall provide an initial assessment of the infrastructure and equipment improvements, including an order of magnitude cost estimate of such improvements, that would be necessary to provide regular Acela service--
(A) between Washington, D.C. and New York City in 2 hours and 15 minutes; and
(B) between New York City and Boston in 3 hours.
(4) REPORT.--Not later than February 1, 2008, Amtrak shall submit a written report containing the results of the studies required under this subsection to--
(A) the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate;
(B) the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate;
(C) the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives;
(D) the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives; and
(E) the Federal Railroad Administration.
On page 57, strike lines 3 through 11.
On page 57, line 12, strike ``(d)'' and insert ``(c)''.
On page 73, line 1, insert ``2003,'' after ``years''.
On page 81, line 25, strike ``and''.
On page 82, line 2, strike ``seq.).'' and insert ``seq.); and''.
On page 82, between lines 2 and 3, insert the following:
``(3) the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (45 U.S.C. 351 et seq.).
On page 144, beginning with line 2, strike through the end of the bill.


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Oct 24, 2007.)