California to pay more for Amtrak in new agreement

California to pay more for Amtrak in new agreement
An Amtrak train is seen Nov. 30, 2010, in central Bakersfield, Calif.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California taxpayers will be paying $19 million more a year to finance Amtrak service in a 19-state agreement announced Tuesday.

The agreement puts the states in compliance with federal Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008. The law mandates that the states pay about 85% of Amtrak's operating costs of their state routes.

A spokesman for the California Department of Transportation says that means California will now pay about $109 million a year to operate its three intrastate routes. That's up from about $90 million before the agreement.

The three routes that Amtrak operates in California are the Capitol Corridor, which runs between San Jose and Auburn; the San Joaquin Corridor, which links Oakland, Sacramento and Bakersfield; and the Pacific Surfliner Corridor, between San Luis Obispo and San Diego.