Rail

Rail groups push HSR, opposes gun provision

Posted on September 24, 2009

In a letter sent on Wednesday to members of the House-Senate conference committee on the Fiscal 2010 transportation, housing and urban development appropriations bill, the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) and the Midwest High Speed Rail Association (MHSRA) called on Congressional leaders to protect and enhance passenger train service by adopting the House-passed $4 billion for high-speed rail and by fully funding Amtrak.

The letter also opposed a Senate-passed provision that would essentially shut down Amtrak by March 31, 2010 unless the railroad accepted guns as checked baggage by then. The two associations urged that any response to the Wicker (R-Miss) amendment take the form of a mandated study that would identify the relevant cost and logistical issues.

"We saw in 2008, when gas prices rose above $4 a gallon, how inadequately the nation's passenger train and transit providers were equipped to handle a surge in ridership," said Ross Capon, president of NARP. "High gas prices will return when the economy improves, and Amtrak must be funded at a level that allows them to expand capacity."

NARP and MHSRA called upon Congress to designate half ($2 billion) of the high-speed rail funding for the acquisition of new passenger train cars.

NARP also released a fleet expansion proposal; a blueprint that addresses the lengthy lead-times required for ordering new equipment, and will allow Amtrak to start working now to meet future needs. This proposal is available online.

The two associations' response to the Wicker Amendment was based on the diffuse nature of Amtrak's network of stations and the variety of configurations for storage of baggage. The withholding of all funding for a service that is vital to so many Americans, based on an unfunded mandate with unknown costs, is simply unacceptable, the groups explained.

 

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Metra to install suicide prevention signs

The signs will be developed and finalized as part of a Mental Health Awareness Symposium to be hosted by Metra in September to coincide with National Suicide Awareness Month.

Accident, no shows plague commute for LIRR, NJ Transit passengers

Some NJ TRANSIT trains have been canceled this week because engineers are choosing not to work under the terms of their contract amid the summer-long repair work at Penn Station.

Mayor says Miami-Dade can't afford to build more rail lines

Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s $534 million proposal for rapid-bus routes would indefinitely defer the Metrorail expansion promised voters in 2002 during a referendum for a half-percent transportation tax.

FTA, Maryland Transit Administration appeal judge's Purple Line decision

Ruling called for an additional environmental study of the light rail line, despite the fact the project had already been studied and signed-off on by the feds. 

Breakdowns, staffing part of growing Miami Metrorail safety concerns

When state inspectors visited Miami-Dade in late 2016, they concluded the county needed 84 working Metrorail cars a day but that mechanical problems left only 72 that could be deployed for service. State inspectors returned in late June and found Miami-Dade’s daily goal was to have only 60 Metrorail cars in service.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close