Congress: Amtrak not quite derailed – yet


Congress: Amtrak not quite derailed — yet — A House committee unanimously approved legislation to authorize $6 billion over three years to fund Amtrak. Bipartisan action by the full Transportation Committee is a powerful counterweight to proposals by the Bush administration and the Amtrak board to overhaul the way it does business, eventually transfer operating authority to the states and introduce competition. (Reuters)

Zimbabwe dismantles fake Hertz franchise — Lawyers for Hertz on Thursday froze all use of 21 cars and office equipment of a Zimbabwean car hire company they are suing for illegally operating as a franchise holder of the US car rental giant. “We have attached 21 cars, accounts and various equipment used by United Touring Group (UTG) Car Rental Services in the infringement of the Hertz trademark,” one of the 10 lawyers representing Hertz said. (Finance 24)

Consumer Reports: look out for new hotel fees — The hotel business is better than ever and with the boom have come some new fees. Tod Marks with Consumer Reports recently conducted a survey about hotel experiences, “One of our Consumer Reports readers actually had several packages delivered to the hotel from And not only did they not bring the packages up to his room, but they made him come get it, and he was charged $50 just for the front desk to receive those packages.” (WIS10)

Heavenly bed coming to a mall near you — The sleep sensation that launched a revolution in hotel mattresses, pillows and coverlets is coming to the mall. Starting next week, Westin’s Heavenly Bed will be sold in the At Home departments of 48 Nordstrom stores nationwide and be available by special order at others. (USA Today)

Study: travel more expensive in London — Annual rail and Tube tickets in London cost twice as much compared with other European cities, a study has revealed. The Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) said in cities where the railways had not been privatized the cost of travel was cheaper. (BBC)

Feds start tracking flying Fidos’ mortality — Is it safe for Fido to fly? After years of mixed messages about the wisdom of shipping pets in the cargo hold of planes, pet owners may finally get a clear answer this summer, thanks to a new federal rule that requires airlines to report incidents of animal loss, injury or death. (USA Today)

Contributing: Charles Leocha, John Frenaye