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For More Information Contact:
Deirdre O'Sullivan
(202) 366-0631
March 13, 2000

For Immediate Release

The Amtrak Reform Council (the Council), an independent federal oversight commission established by Congress, will hold a Mountain States Regional Outreach Meeting in Denver on Thursday, March 30th, to focus on the current status of intercity rail passenger service and the future needs of the region. Invited speakers include representatives from Amtrak, the freight railroads serving the region, and the State Departments of Transportation of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

The Outreach Meeting will be held at the University of Denver in the Driscoll Center North Building in the Ballroom on the 2nd Floor, and will begin at 10:00 a.m. and adjourn at 5:00 p.m. The following day, Friday, March 31st, the Council will hold its business meeting at the same location from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to discuss, among other items, reaction to the Council's first Annual Report presented to Congress in January 2000 and to the Congressional hearings that followed, items tabled from the last business meeting in January, and new business items proposed by Council members.

"This outreach meeting will focus exclusively on the long-haul trains that originate or conclude their journey on the West Coast," said Gil Carmichael, Chairman. "It will also provide the Council its first opportunity to discuss with Amtrak's officials the new Network Growth Strategy announced on February 28th, which will affect many elements of Amtrak's network outside of the Northeast Corridor."

The Amtrak Reform Council is an independent Federal oversight commission established under the provisions of the Amtrak Reform and Accountability Act of 1997 (P. L. 105-134) to recommend improvements in Amtrak's operations and to monitor its financial performance.

An agenda of the Mountain Regional Outreach Meeting and the Business Meeting will be available after Monday, March 20. In order to have an agenda sent to you, please contact the ARC office at (202) 366-0591 or visit our website at

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The ARC is an independent federal commission established under the Amtrak Reform and Accountability Act of 1997 (P.L. 105-134).