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House passes Amtrak bill that could boost Northeast service

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2014 file photo, an Amtrak logo is seen on a train at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. The House has passed a bill that could boost Amtrak service in the popular Northeast Corridor while giving states more authority over the routes they help subsidize. The bill was approved Wednesday by a vote of 316 to 101. It authorizes $7.2 billion over the next four years, keeping Amtrak subsidies nearly the same as current spending levels. Amtrak supporters had urged an increase in funds to address a backlog of infrastructure projects. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare burst of bipartisanship, the House moved Wednesday to boost Amtrak’s popular service between Boston and Washington while giving states a greater say in the local routes they help subsidize.

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