TRAFFIC BRIEFS

TRAFFIC BRIEFS

BUSH VETOES BILL

FOR AMTRAK FUNDINGWASHINGTON - President George Bush vetoed a bill Thursday authorizing funds for Amtrak, the nation's rail passenger service, protesting a provision to bring railroad acquisitions under new government scrutiny.

Mr. Bush said the provision "represents a step backward for the entire rail industry."

The Senate will schedule a vote to override on its return from the Memorial Day recess.

Administration sources indicate they believe the president will have 35 votes, at least one more than the required minimum, to sustain the veto.

In a veto message to Congress, he criticized a provision that would require the government to review and approve proposed acquisitions of railroads by non-railroad companies and groups.

ICC CHIEF TO EXAMINE

BUS INDUSTRY FIRSTHAND

WASHINGTON - Interstate Commerce Commissioner Edward M. Emmett left Washington Thursday on a 36-hour bus trip to examine real-world conditions in the U.S. bus industry.

Mr. Emmett, who became a member of the agency six months ago, will travel by Greyhound bus to Austin, Texas. The commissioner is a Texas native.

Mr. Emmett said most politicians are eager to save bus service but few understand the industry very well.

"Who rides buses?" he asked. "What kind of service is given? Is the bus system modern or outdated? After two days, 1,500 miles and dozens of stops, I bet I can better answer those questions."

POLISH RAIL STRIKE

ISOLATES NORTHWEST

WARSAW, Poland - A strike by Polish railway workers spread throughout the northwestern region of Poland Thursday, isolating it from the rest of the country, radio reports here said.

The strike has disrupted rail traffic in western Pomerania in the northwest for the past five days. The radio reports said the extension of the strike to additional railway junctions had "entirely cut" the region from the rest of the country.

The Polish PAP news agency reported that negotiations were under way between several railway unions and Adam Wieladek, transport minister; Jacek Kuron, Labour minister, and Ryszard Pazura, vice finance minister.

AAR ISSUES REPORT

ON COMPETITIVE ISSUES

WASHINGTON - The Association of American Railroads has published "User Charges and Transportation Efficiency," a 40-page monograph. It presents the railroad industry's view of highway and inland waterway competitive issues.

Frank Wilner, assistant vice president, is the author.

Single copies are available for free from the Information and Public Affairs Department, AAR, 50 F St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001.