Election a mixed bag for passenger trains

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WASHINGTON – The National Association of Railroad Passengers has published an analysis of Tuesday’s elections results and how it may alter the prospects for progress on many passenger train improvements. Among the highlights:
  • Rep. John Mica, R-FL, likely will chair the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. He has spoken strongly in favor of high-speed rail, particularly in the Northeast Corridor, but he has been a harsh critic of Amtrak and of many of the federal high-speed grants issued to date. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-PA, likely will chair the railroads subcommittee.
  • California’s ambitious high-speed rail project is likely to move ahead under Governor-elect Jerry Brown, who frequently made his strong support clear.
  • Florida’s Governor-elect Rick Scott has not slammed the door on high-speed rail.
  • Illinois’ Gov. Pat Quinn who won re-election by a slim margin is a strong rail supporter as is U.S. Senator-elect Mark Kirk who has consistently been pro-rail, often breaking with his party to support Amtrak funding
  • Michigan Governor-elect Ric Snyder has generally-supported high-speed rail.
  • Rhode Island Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee has strongly supported Northeast Corridor improvements.
  To see the complete analysis go to: www.narprail.org.
WASHINGTON – The National Association of Railroad Passengers has published an analysis of Tuesday’s elections results and how it may alter the prospects for progress on many passenger train improvements. Among the highlights:
  • Rep. John Mica, R-FL, likely will chair the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. He has spoken strongly in favor of high-speed rail, particularly in the Northeast Corridor, but he has been a harsh critic of Amtrak and of many of the federal high-speed grants issued to date. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-PA, likely will chair the railroads subcommittee.
  • California’s ambitious high-speed rail project is likely to move ahead under Governor-elect Jerry Brown, who frequently made his strong support clear.
  • Florida’s Governor-elect Rick Scott has not slammed the door on high-speed rail.
  • Illinois’ Gov. Pat Quinn who won re-election by a slim margin is a strong rail supporter as is U.S. Senator-elect Mark Kirk who has consistently been pro-rail, often breaking with his party to support Amtrak funding
  • Michigan Governor-elect Ric Snyder has generally-supported high-speed rail.
  • Rhode Island Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee has strongly supported Northeast Corridor improvements.
  To see the complete analysis go to: www.narprail.org.
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