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WASHINGTON (AP) _ Amtrak and the Bush administration reached a tentative agreement Wednesday night on resolving a severe budget crisis that could have shut down the national passenger railroad next week, federal officials announced Wednesday night.

Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and Amtrak Chairman John Robert Smith released a joint statement reporting ``excellent progress'' in their discussions on how to help the railroad close a $200 million budget shortfall.

``Significant details are still being finalized, and no final agreement has been signed,'' they said. ``We are confident that, with congressional support, Amtrak services will not be disrupted.''