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October 24, 2007, 12:00 am ET - Amendment SA 3453 proposed by Senator Sununu.
October 25, 2007, 12:00 am ET - Considered by Senate.
October 25, 2007, 12:15 pm ET - Sununu Amdt. No. 3453

Full Text of this Amendment

SA 3453. Mr. SUNUNU proposed an amendment to the bill S. 294, to reauthorize Amtrak, and for other purposes; as follows:

On page 32, before line 21, insert the following:
(c) Limit on Passenger Subsidies.--
(1) IN GENERAL.--The Secretary of Transportation shall prohibit any Federal funds to be used for the operation of an Amtrak train route that has a per passenger subsidy, as determined by the Inspector General under paragraph (2), of not less than--
(A) $200 during the first fiscal year beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act;
(B) $175 during the second fiscal year beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act;
(C) $150 during the third fiscal year beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act;
(D) $125 during the fourth fiscal year beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act; and
(E) $100 during any fiscal year beginning after the time period described in subparagraph (D).
(2) DETERMINATION OF SUBSIDY LEVEL.--The Inspector General of the Department of Transportation, using data provided by Amtrak, shall determine the difference between the average fully allocated operating cost per passenger and the average ticket price collected for each train route operated by Amtrak during the most recent 12-month period for which data is available.
(3) REPORT.--
(A) IN GENERAL.--Not later than 6 months before the end of each fiscal year, and every 6 months thereafter, the Inspector General shall publish a report that--
(i) lists the subsidy levels determined under paragraph (2); and
(ii) includes a statement that Amtrak will terminate any train route that has a per passenger subsidy in excess of the limits set forth in paragraph (1).
(B) DISTRIBUTION.--The Inspector General shall display the report published under subparagraph (A) on the Internet and submit a copy of such report to--
(i) the President of Amtrak;
(ii) the Secretary of Transportation;
(iii) the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate; and
(iv) the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives.


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