A $551 million bid solicitation seeks proposals from U.S. companies to build about 130 high-speed rail cars for Amtrak routes in California, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and possibly Iowa, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. Meanwhile, Amtrak's Gateway Project for two new rail tunnels under the Hudson River between New York City and New Jersey received a financial boost as the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $20 million budget for the project's initial design and engineering work. "It's the most promising rail project at the moment," said Veronica Vanterpool, associate director of Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

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