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With the passage of the 2015 bipartisan Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, Congress made a commitment to the American people to improve our nation’s roads, bridges, public transit, and rail systems. The reliability and safety of America’s transportation
infrastructure remains in question, and it is time we uphold our promise and provide serious funding to fix the deteriorating rail infrastructure that is vital to our success in the 21st century economy. This year’s budget decisions are difficult,
but full funding in our passenger rail systems will not only restore faith in our rail transportation system, but employ millions of Americans and keep our nation economically competitive in the global economy.
Please join us in asking the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee to provide full funding for the following passenger rail programs:
Amtrak Northeast Corridor: $543 million
Amtrak National Network: $1.157 billion
Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program: $255 million
Restoration and Enhancement Grant Program:
Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair: $300 million
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Dear Chairman Diaz-Balart and Ranking Member Price:
As you begin work on the Subcommittee’s Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) appropriations bill, we request that you support full funding for Amtrak and passenger rail programs authorized under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. With the passage
of the bipartisan FAST Act in 2015, Congress made a commitment to the American people to improve our nation’s roads, bridges, public transit, and rail systems. We urge you to continue to uphold this promise and appropriate much needed funding to fix the deteriorating
and outdated rail infrastructure that are vital to our success in the 21st century economy. Our request for specific accounts funding these rail programs are as follows:
Amtrak: The FAST Act authorized $1.7 billion for Amtrak in FY19, with subdivided levels for the Amtrak Northeast Corridor (NEC) and Amtrak National Network. To adjust for unforeseen changes in the division of costs between NEC and Amtrak
National Network in 2015, Amtrak has requested a redistribution of funds. This request has our support and falls within the parameters of the authorized $1.7 billion, as follows:
Amtrak Northeast Corridor: NEC remains the busiest passenger railroad in North America, carrying more than 820,000 riders daily. As approximately 2,200 trains operate through the NEC each day, it is of the utmost
importance that passengers and operators can rely on transportation infrastructure to safely commute to their destination in a timely manner. Unfortunately, much of the NEC operates on infrastructure dating back to the early 1900’s, making it prone to unexpected
failures that disrupt service and create delays for riders. Serious investment is needed to begin addressing the necessary upgrades to improve rail safety and efficiency.
For these reasons, we recommend appropriators fund Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor at $543 million, as authorized under FAST Act and requested by Amtrak for FY19.
Amtrak National Network: Amtrak’s National Network service includes fifteen long-distance trains throughout the country, connecting hundreds of rural communities with our urban centers and providing alternative travel
options for those who are unable to fly or drive. We were pleased to see appropriators recognize the significance of this program when they appropriated robust funding in the FY18 T-HUD appropriations bill. We thank you for your commitment to improve and expand
passenger rail services to provide better intercity mobility for our nation’s rural communities, and
urge you to continue this support with $1.157 billion for
Amtrak’s National Network, as authorized under FAST Act and requested by Amtrak for FY19.
Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program:
The CRISI program is designed to provide financial support for project development and infrastructure upgrades —including Positive Train Control implementation, station improvements, and rail grade crossing projects—to ensure safe, reliable, and efficient
rail service. The CRISI program provides much needed flexibility of funds to meet the increasing widespread demand for rail investments.
We this in mind, we recommend at least $255 million to maintain this essential program, as authorized under FAST Act.
Restoration and Enhancement Grant Program: This program represents a prudent investment by providing operating assistance to establish, rehabilitate, or expand intercity passenger rail transportation, a critical service for our nation’s
isolated communities. In recent years, the program was severely underfunded, and
we therefore urge appropriators to provide full funding for this program, as authorized under FAST Act, at $20 million in FY19.
Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair: The FAST Act also authorized the Federal-State Partnership for a State of Good Repair program to reduce the state of good repair backlog for publicly owned or Amtrak-owned infrastructure,
equipment, and facilities. In addition to projects that target bringing existing infrastructure into a state of good repair, activities that are eligible for funding also include projects that replace existing assets with those that increase capacity and service
levels. Given the significant number of upgrades needed along our railways, we recommend at least $300 million for this grant program.
Passenger rail is vital to the success of our country. It promotes economic growth, creates jobs, and fosters urban and rural community development. We acknowledge that this year’s budget decisions are difficult, but serious investments in our passenger
rail system will not only restore faith in our rail transportation system, but employ millions of Americans and keep our nation economically competitive in the global economy. We urge you to strongly support these rail programs as recommended in the FY19
T-HUD Appropriations bill. Thank you for your consideration of this important matter.
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