Amtrak to Keep Rolling
The move by GOP leaders to slash Amtrak's train routes that we warned about have apparently been derailed:
The House, ignoring President Bush and the Republican leadership, voted Wednesday to reject planned slashes in Amtrak's budget that could have led to major service reductions, including the end of numerous long-distance train routes.
It was Republicans who led the fight to restore funding, with Democrats providing backup. My guess is that they heard from constituents about it, as well as leaders in towns like Meridian, Mississippi that benefit from being tied-in with public transport.
Chris Kromm is executive director of the Institute for Southern Studies and publisher of the Institute's online magazine, Facing South.