Rep. Capuano on Passenger Rail Reform

capuanoRep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) writes on Passenger Rail Reform:

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.


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1 Response to Rep. Capuano on Passenger Rail Reform

  1. whungerford says:

    Another view on H.R. 749:

    Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 749, Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015:
    “Railroads are essentially American. They are an important part of how we transport food, energy, and people, and nothing symbolized the fulfillment of an America ‘from sea to shining sea’ more than the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869. So it’s disheartening that our current passenger rail system is failing. Right now, Amtrak exists as a government monopoly, and despite all the taxpayer subsidies, its services are still subpar and it loses money every year.
    “I want to preserve our nation’s railroads. But we must be frank in admitting that to do that, Amtrak can’t remain a government monopoly. Chairman Shuster’s bill breathes new life into Amtrak by making reforms both sides can agree on. The bill starts putting parts of Amtrak back in the hands of free enterprise and the states. It also increases transparency in Amtrak’s bookkeeping and requires a better review process so the people know exactly how Amtrak is affecting them.
    “Most importantly, this bill sets the table for all of Amtrak’s routes to be self-sufficient so that government can eventually get out of the rail business and leave it to the private sector, as it should be.”


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