Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 111 Part 3.djvu/484

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Ill STAT. 2572 PUBLIC LAW 105-134—DEC. 2, 1997 (11) Federal financial assistance to cover operating losses incurred by Amtrak should be eliminated by the year 2002. TITLE I—REFORMS Subtitle A—Operational Reforms SEC. 101. BASIC SYSTEM. (a) OPERATION OF BASIC SYSTEM.— (1) Section 24701 is amended to read as follows: '*§ 24701. National rail passenger transportation system "Amtrak shall operate a national rail passenger transportation system which ties together existing and emergent regional rail passenger service and other intermodal passenger service.". (2) The item relating to section 24701 in the table of sections of chapter 247 is amended to read as follows: "24701. National rail passenger transportation system.". (b) IMPROVING RAIL PASSENGER TRANSPORTATION.—Section 24702 and the item relating thereto in the table of sections for chapter 247 are repealed. (c) DISCONTINUANCE. —Section 24706 is amended— (1) by striking "90 days" and inserting "180 days" in subsection (a)(1); (2) by striking "24707(a) or (b) of this title," in subsection (a)(1) and inserting "or discontinuing service over a route,"; (3) by inserting "or assume" after "agree to share" in subsection (a)(1); (4) by striking "section 24707(a) or (b) of this title" in subsection (a)(2) and inserting "paragraph (1)"; and (5) by striking "section 24707(a) or (b) of this title" in subsection (b)(1) and inserting "subsection (a)(1)". (d) COST AND PERFORMANCE REVIEW.—Section 24707 and the item relating thereto in the table of sections for chapter 247 are repealed. (e) SPECIAL COMMUTER TRANSPORTATION.—Section 24708 and the item relating thereto in the table of sections for chapter 247 are repealed. (f) CONFORMING AMENDMENT.— Section 24312(a)(1) is amended by striking ", 24701(a),". SEC. 102. MAIL, EXPRESS, AND AUTO-FERRY TRANSPORTATION. Section 24306 is amended— (1) by striking the last sentence of subsection (a); and (2) by striking subsection (b) and inserting the following: "(b) AUTHORITY OF OTHERS TO PROVIDE AUTO-FERRY TRANSPOR- TATION. —State and local laws and regulations that impair the provision of auto-ferry transportation do not apply to Amtrak or a rail carrier providing auto-ferry transportation. A rail carrier may not refuse to participate with Amtrak in providing auto-ferry transportation because a State or local law or regulation makes the transportation unlawful.". SEC. 103. ROUTE AND SERVICE CRITERIA. Section 24703 and the item relating thereto in the table of sections for chapter 247 are repealed.