OneRail Coalition Sends Letter to House Appropriations Committee - Support FY16 Appropriations Investments in Rail Infrastructure & Operations

Release Date: 
Mar 2 2015

On March 2, 2015, the OneRail Coalition sent a letter to all Members of the House of Representatives in support of the bipartisian passenger rail bill passed out of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.

As an excerpt: The OneRail Coalition appreciates the bills intention to strengthen the countrys intercity passenger rail system and the Committees affirmation of the importance of a national passenger rail network. As the Committee notes, by 2039, the U.S. population will exceed 400 million and the population concentration in our urban areas is increasing. Transportation solutions for these people are paramount in order to support an expanding U.S. economy. The costs of congestion and poor transportation infrastructure also continue to rise for commuters: almost $121 billion each year in wasted time and fuel, up from only $24 billion in 1982. In addition, Americans spend a staggering 5.5 billion hours annually stuck in traffic. Passenger rail presents one of the best hopes for solving these problems and relieving our congested highways and airspace and maintaining mobility in rural America.

For the full letter, see the link below.