Comprehensive Rail Safety and Amtrak Funding Authorization Legislation Wins Senate Approval, Bill Now Awaits Presidential Signature

By a vote of 74-24, the Senate on Wednesday, October 1, passed the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 and its companion bill, the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008.  The legislation tightens rail safety protection and authorizes $13.1 billion for Amtrak over five years.

Sen. Barack Obama voted yes.  Sen. John McCain voted no.  Read more.

And in a letter dated October 1, Obama pledges that he and his running mate Joe Biden “will continue fighting for Amtrak when we are elected.”  Read the letter.

Posted October 3, 2008