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Passenger Rail Reauthorization: The Future of the Northeast Corridor, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, May 4, 2015   [open pdf - 680KB]

This is the May 4, 2015 hearing "Passenger Rail Reauthorization: The Future of the Northeast Corridor" held before the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. From the opening statement of Cory Booker: "Today's hearing is going to focus on the importance, as we know, of passenger rail, but particularly the Northeast Corridor. As many of you know, the funding for passenger rail, which includes Amtrak, expired in the 2013 Congress, and we have yet to reauthorize any of these programs. So my intention, frankly one of my main missions in the Senate, is to work in a bipartisan manner to get things done. So I've been embroiled in bipartisan efforts to advance the passenger rail reauthorization. This hearing is going to inform that bill, and I look forward to hearing how the Federal Government can assist in the essential efforts going on in the Northeast Corridor. Many of the heroes of the Northeast Corridor are here today. The Northeast Corridor is incredible. The more I dig down in this valuable corridor, the more we realize it is an indispensable transportation asset and a profound national economic driver. It carries 750,000 passengers each day, moves a workforce that contributes $50 billion annually to the GDP. In fact, one-fifth of America's GDP is produced in the Northeast Corridor. And when it comes to the transportation of people, it is incredible. Again, the Northeast Corridor represents one out of every six people we have in our country. So this is a vital corridor. It's estimated that the loss of this corridor, one single day actually of a delay, could cost the Nation about $100 million in wasted time and lost productivity from just sitting in traffic and congestion. It would be a nightmare of grand proportions." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Sarah Feinberg, Anthony Coscia, James P. Redeker, Thomas K. Wright, and Joseph A. McNamara.

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S. Hrg. 114-111; Senate Hearing 114-111
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2015
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