CHICAGO – Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph C. Szabo today joined Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Senator Dick Durbin and other federal, state and local officials for the dedication of the Englewood Flyover project.
I want to introduce you to some of the people I am meeting on our bus tour. I’ve always believed transportation is more than steel, concrete, and asphalt; it’s ultimately about the people across America – those who work to build it and those who use it (all of us).
Yesterday, I met Wayne Cupp, the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine, and Furniture Workers – Communications Workers of America (IUE-CWA) Local 84765 President at the Siemens motor plant in Norwood, Ohio.
The High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail program (HSIPR) doesn’t just mean faster trains and improved transportation choices for travelers across the country – it’s also strengthening the economy and creating jobs for people who may have never been on a train. So far, the US Department of Transportation has invested $808 million in multi-state procurements of next-generation rail equipment. What have we got in return?
Across the country, our Buy America program, which requires 100% of all rail equipment to be American made, is spurring economic growth and laying a foundation for a passenger rail network that is safer, faster, more reliable, and offers more service.
Secretary Ray LaHood
Oral Testimony on High Speed Rail as Prepared for Delivery
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
United States House of Representatives
December 6, 2012
FRESNO, Calif. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today promoted the Obama Administration’s vision for high-speed rail in a meeting with Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin and Sacramento area business leaders.