Written by Michael 'Rocket' Richards:
The Senate has been working long hours to move their version of the transportation bill forward. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California) are fast tracking a bill that includes re-authorizing intercity passenger rail.
Last month Toronto launched the UP Express, a premium airport express train linking Union Station to Pearson International. It provides an excellent model for Chicago as Mayor Emanuel has renewed his call for an O’Hare express train.
The Railroad Reform, Enhancement, and Efficiency Act is moving forward.
Last Thursday, the RREEA — as approved by the Senate Commerce Committee — was included as a title in the Senate's proposed surface-transportation bill.
On July 1 it became even more evident how far the United States is behind in train travel. Railway Gazette International released their latest World Speed Survey announcing China is still the
pacesetter, followed by France, Japan, Spain, and Taiwan.
The Senate took important steps last week by passing two critical transportation bills.
Governor Rauner recently announced that he will cut the Amtrak Illinois budget from $42 million to $26 million effective July 1, 2015.
The future of passenger rail is looking brighter.
Amtrak is in a situation it finds itself in too often. It can’t pay for a service America needs.