Today the House considered H.R. 749, the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015. This legislation reauthorizes Amtrak for 5 years, providing close to $2 billion for improvements to the Northeast Corridor. H.R. 749 also provides $3.9 billion in funding and grants for passenger rail service. It requires Amtrak to submit a yearly operating plan and examine its decision making process for choosing long-distance routes. H.R. 749 will improve passenger rail service which is an important component of an effective transportation network. Increasing investment in rail service not only leads to a better customer experience, it also creates economic benefits and employment opportunities. While I would have preferred a higher funding level, H.R. 749 has bipartisan support and represents a compromise between those of us who would like to see more investment and those who prefer lower levels of funding. I addressed this in my remarks on the floor about the legislation. I voted YES. H.R. 749 passed and the entire vote is recorded below.
Rep Reed also voted YES.