Most striking to me was to hear how much agreement there is between Reps. James Oberstar, the Minnesota Democrat, and John Mica, the Florida Republican, chairman and ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Mica took a few potshots at Amtrak and Democrats in general, but he sounded much like Oberstar when talking about how they will work together to find the resources to support better rail service.
In an interview, Oberstar expressed great confidence that high-speed projects will have ongoing bipartisan support.
“President Obama touched a live nerve in our fellow citizens in their deep longing for intercity high-speed rail,” he said. “Any city that’s ever had it wants more . . . And the $8 billion is just the down payment.”