Environmental Law & Policy Center Salutes Bipartisan High-Speed Rail Expansion

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Rejected Florida Funds Bolster Northeast, Midwest and California Corridors

Governors of both parties know that now is the time to get on board high-speed rail, as record gas prices plague the nation and threaten our economic recovery.

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) salutes the bipartisan expansion of high-speed rail represented by today’s Federal Railroad Administration announcement that it is expanding its strategic funding of regional projects, concentrating new grants on the Northeast, Midwest, and California Corridors.

Today’s awards reallocate the $2 billion in high-speed rail funding rejected by Florida Governor Rick Scott. The largest recipients are the Northeast at $795 million, the Midwest with $672 million, and California with $300 million.

Investments in the Northeast will increase speeds on part of the corridor to 160 mph and eliminate major delays near Manhattan. In the Midwest, newly-awarded funds will bring 110 mph service to the Chicago-Detroit rail corridor and provide new high-speed trains throughout the region.

Howard Learner, ELPC Executive Director and a nationally recognized expert on high-speed passenger rail, today offered support for the latest round of grants.

“Motor City’s new jobs are arriving by high-speed train. We congratulate Governor Rick Snyder and Mayor Dave Bing on Michigan’s winning bid. High-speed rail will bring thousands of jobs and increased competitiveness to the state that gave America the automobile.

Governors of both parties know that now is the time to get on board high-speed rail, as record gas prices plague the nation and threaten our economic recovery. When Florida Governor Rick Scott rejected rail investments, 11 Republicans, 12 Democrats and one independent governor applied for the funds, demonstrating broad bipartisan support for high-speed rail. Today’s awards solidify that bipartisan commitment to investing in America’s transportation future,” said Learner.

ELPC is nationally known for its high-speed rail advocacy. The organization has studied passenger rail for nearly two decades and provides transportation counsel and policy support to state, local and federal governments.

About ELPC: The Environmental Law & Policy Center is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. Executive Director Howard Learner is available for comment on high-speed rail initiatives. To schedule an interview, call 312-629-9400. To learn more about the Environmental Law & Policy Center’s high-speed rail advocacy, visit http://www.highspeedrailworks.org.

Contact: Sheridan Chaney, Aileron Communications
312-629-9400, ex. 14, schaney(at)aileroninc(dot)com

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