Amtrak Funding

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Hearing
January 27, 2011

On Thursday, January 27, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., Grand Central Station, Northeast Balcony, New York City, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure met to receive testimony regarding developing true high speed rail in the Northeast Corridor. The hearing highlighted the importance of high speed rail to economic development; opportunities and incentives for private sector investment in the Northeast Corridor; and the need for competition and public private partnerships. Immediately following, T&I Committee members participated in an informal roundtable with government and private sector participants to continue and build upon the issues raised and discussed in the formal testimony at the hearing. Following are documents from this committee meeting.

Hearing Agenda

Assorted Hearing Material

Statement of TCU President Bob Scardelletti Statement of Rep. and Chairman of T&I Committee John Mica (R-FL)
Statement of former Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell Statement of Rep. and Chairman Subcommittee on Railroads Bill Shuster (R-PA)
Testimony of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Testimony of Petra Todorovich, Director, America 2050
Testimony of Thomas Hart, VP of US High-speed Rail Association Testimony of J. Perry Offutt, Director Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc.
Statement of Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) Handout provided by the United Transportation Union


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H.R. 6003 - Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (To reauthorize Amtrak, and for other purposes)

Cost: $43 per American over the 2009-2013 period.

Summary of the Bill

Full Text of the Bill

Coverage of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 from the folks at

May 8, 2008 Introduced and sponsored by Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN).

Jun 11, 2008 Passed House of Representatives by roll call vote. The totals were 311 Ayes, 104 Nays, 18 Present/Not Voting. (House of Representatives roll no.400). The bill now goes on to be voted on in the Senate. Keep in mind that debate may be taking place on a companion bill in the Senate, rather than on this particular bill.

Jun 12, 2008 Received in the Senate. Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 779.

May 19, 2008 Mark-up of H.R. 6003, "The Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008"

BMWED testifies on Amtrak Authorization Bill before House Subcommittee - May 14, 2008

May 14, 2008 Agenda - Amtrak Reauthorization

Testimony of Jed Dodd, General Chairman Pennsylvania Federation

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Testimony of Ed Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD)

Testimony of Alex Kummant, President and CEO of Amtrak

Title V, Section 502 of the bill directs the Secretary of Transportation to: (1) solicit proposals for projects for an initial high-speed rail system between Washington, DC, and New York City (Northeast Corridor), as well as for additional projects on any other corridor; and (2) examine how to achieve maximum economic development of the Northeast Corridor.


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