Amtrak, SMART ask Congress to boost passenger-rail investments

December 12, 2014

Amtrak Chairman Anthony Coscia on Wednesday called on Congress to provide long-term, dedicated capital investments to develop and implement passenger-rail service along rail corridors between major U.S. cities…

“Amtrak’s growth over the past 10 years, especially on intercity corridors between 100 to 500 miles, hints at the tremendous opportunity of developing a robust, nationwide passenger-rail system focused on city pairs,” Coscia said in a prepared statement. “In such corridors throughout the globe, high speed and higher-speed trains are not only an essential mode of transportation, but also a significant driver of local development and economic growth…”

John Previsich, president of the transportation division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART), also called on the committee and Congress to pass long-term transportation funding that includes predictable, dedicated sources of funding during his testimony on Wednesday…

Read the rest of the story in Progressive Railroading, 12 December 2014

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