National Rail Policy: Examining Goals, Objectives, and Responsibilities, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, June 27, 2013   [open pdf - 10MB]

This is the June 27, 2013 hearing on "National Rail Policy: Examining Goals, Objectives, and Responsibilities," held before the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials. From the statement of Joseph C. Szabo: "The Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act and the Rail Safety Improvement Act, both passed in 2008, were bipartisan game-changing pieces of legislation. 2012 was the safest year in railroading history. Amtrak's on-time performance, its ridership and its revenues are now at all-time highs, and the freight rail industry has never been stronger. […] Population growth, mobility challenges, shifting travel patterns, these are the reasons why it is essential for us to work together to provide rail with the sustained source of funding that will put it on par with other modes. […] Making large-scale investments on a year-to-year basis is both difficult and inefficient. No rail system in the world has ever been successfully planned and developed in this fashion. Funding predictability is a necessity to empower our partners, the States, local governments and the private sector so they can plan for and invest in the rail network our economy needs and our people deserve. So now is the time for a new bipartisan game-changing vision for American rail, and we look forward to working with you to make it happen." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joseph C. Szabo, Michael P. Melaniphy, Edward R. Hamberger, Michael P. Lewis, and John P. Tolman.

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