I found this Story on Trainorders.com. Posted By Charles Varnes
[Illinois Senator] Durbin Introduces Legislation to Help Amtrak and States keep pace with Growing Ridership
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
[WASHINGTON, D. C.] - As the aviation industry announces their intention to cut 30,000 jobs in the wake of the rapidly rising jet fuel prices, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced legislation that would create jobs and help Amtrak meet the increasing demand for an efficient, cost effective and reliable alternative mode of travel. Durbin's bill aims to promote the replacement and rehabilitation of Amtrak's aging fleet of passenger cars and to revive the train car industry in the United States.
The Trains CARS Act envisions a Twenty-First Century Rail system that flying short distances a thing of the past with a high speed rail system rooted in major metropolitan areas like Chicago. The most immediate obstacle in the way of making this vision a reality is the lack passenger rail train cars and equipment.