WHAT: A free, public seminar about high-speed rail and the U.S. transportation crisis by Michael Dukakis - former Massachusetts governor, former presidential candidate, and current chair of the board of directors of Amtrak.
An advisory panel appointed by Congress is recommending that the financially-strapped national passenger railroad be replaced at least in part by private operators.
WHEN: Tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 8, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
WHO: Dukakis, a visiting professor at UCLA, will be the guest of UC Berkeley's Institute of Urban & Regional Development and the University of California Transportation Center.
BACKGROUND: The Dukakis seminar follows a report today (Thursday, Feb. 7) by the Amtrak Reform Council calling Amtrak flawed and outlining a plan to break up Amtrak and turn it over at least partially to private enterprise. Amtrak officials recently called for an infusion of $1.2 billion in federal funds for fiscal year 2003 in order to avoid drastic cuts in long-distance train service.