U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters announced that
the U.S. DOT will provide $30 million to match local investments in 15 rail
capacity projects across the country and Americans drove 3.6 percent less in
July 2008 and 62.6 billion miles less over a nine-month period compared to last
“At a time when
transit and rail are seeing record growth, the very way we finance these
systems is at risk. That is because our transit investments come from the same
source as our highway investments – federal gas taxes,” Secretary Peters said.
“Federal transportation policies that rely almost exclusively on gas taxes are
failing our state and local governments.”
partnerships in Arizona, California, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin will support
projects designed to cut delays and expand capacity on existing intercity
passenger rail routes and help provide new services where none currently exist.
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volume trends report, click here.