Republican Leader of the House Transportation and
Infrastructure Committee, U.S. Rep. John L. Mica (R-FL), will
hold briefings Wednesday and Thursday with public and private sector
stakeholders to review pending U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) plans to issue
an RFP for national high-speed passenger rail service.
In October, legislation Mica helped to author was signed
into law that allows, for the first time, private sector participation in the
development, financing, operation and maintenance of high-speed rail service in
By law, the U.S. DOT is required to solicit project
proposals by December 15, 2008.
Participants in this week’s two meetings include
representatives from financial investment firms; manufacturers of trains,
railroad equipment and systems; federal, state and local governments; private
rail operators; labor groups; and Amtrak.