September 13, 1995 in Nation/World

Amtrak Seeks Part Of Gasoline Tax

Compiled From Wire Services

The president of Amtrak says his railroad could be weaned from taxpayer operating subsidies soon after the turn of the century if - and it’s a big if - it gets some capital help.

The passenger railroad is seeking a share of the federal gasoline tax to solve its money problems.

“We think we can meet the target of being subsidy-free in 2001 or 2002,” Thomas M. Downs told a news conference Tuesday.

Downs proposed that one-half cent of the current gasoline tax be dedicated to Amtrak capital funding.

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