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Carmichael Conference on the Future of Transportation

Our friends at Virginians for High Speed Rail were kind enough to pass this note along concerning a major upcoming transportation conference. Gil Carmichael is(if my memory holds right) a former president of Amtrak and has a distinguished political and transportation career. While his proposals are of great importance to “host” railroad operators of Amtrak passenger trains, those concepts would also make much new infrastructure available for rail passenger at a critical time.

Recently, an arm of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission, the Passenger Rail Working Group recommended $357 billion of investment in passenger rail over the next 50 years. This study was the most forward thinking study that we have seen and it will be reviewed and discussed at the Carmichael Conference on the Future of Transportation, which is meeting in St. Louis, Missouri on January 28-29. We hope this conference will help set the agenda for American transportation for the next few decades.

If you would like to attend, click here for more information.


Filed under: Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy

2008 Virginia legislative session proposals

Virginians for High Speed Rail are preparing for the New Year.

2008 General Assembly Legislation:

Senator Yvonne Miller, Chairwoman of the Senate Transportation Committee and Delegate Adam Ebbin, Member of the House Transportation Committee have introduced legislation that would amend the Rail Enhancement Fund (REF). This legislation would give the Director of the Department of Rail & Public Transportation the authority to waive or reduce the 30 percent match requirement and will make the REF compatible with a federal-state passenger rail partnership grant in S.294, the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2007 that recently passed the US Senate and is currently in the House of Representatives.

Please contact your State Senator and State Delegate and tell them you support the Rail Enhancement Fund amendments.

Click here to find out who your elected officials are.

Petition Drive:

We are doing a petition drive urging our elected officials to support rail in Virginia. We currently have 681 signatures. If you have not already done so, please sign it. If you have already signed it, please forward it on. The more signatures we have the louder our voice will be.

Click here to sign it online

Click here to print the petition and mail back to us.

Filed under: Passenger Rail Politics, Regional USA Passenger Rail, United States High Speed Rail

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December 2007