OneRail Coalition Positions on Transportation Appropriations Bills
April 30, 2012
To transportation and appropriations staffers for House and Senate Appropriations Committee members:
Please see attached for a letter from the OneRail Coalition urging Congress to prioritize investments in rail infrastructure and operations that will create and maintain good domestic jobs, enhance productivity and the competitive position of the United States in the world economy, spur both near‐term economic recovery and long‐term prosperity, relieve road and air congestion, protect the environment, and reduce our exposure to volatile gasoline prices and our dependence on imported oil.
Please share this letter with your boss. The letter identifies specific accounts of interest (Amtrak Capital Grants, Amtrak Operating Grants, High Performance Passenger Rail Grants, Federal Transit Administration Formula funds, New Starts/Small Starts Capital Investment Grants, and TIGER Grants) and briefly explains the importance of each program.
The OneRail Coalition is a diverse group of rail stakeholders who have come together to educate America about the benefits of a strong freight and passenger rail system. Our members include the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), Amtrak, Association of American Railroads (AAR), Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS), National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC), Railway Supply Institute (RSI), States for Passenger Rail Coalition (S4PRC), Surface Transportation Policy Partnership (STPP), Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA), Transportation Communications International Union/IAM (TCU/IAM) and the United Transportation Union (UTU).
Thank you for your consideration.
Anne P. Canby, Director
1707 L St., NW Suite 1050
Washington, DC 20036