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Congressional Railroads Subcommittee to Hold Roundtable in Chicago on Improving Rail Transportation

Washington DC, Jun 3, 2013 | Jim Billimoria, Justin Harclerode (202) 225-9446 | comments
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Press Availability Following Roundtable

The Chairman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), will convene a roundtable discussion in Chicago next Monday to examine ongoing efforts to improve the region’s passenger and rail transportation congestion. 

Denham will be joined by fellow Committee members Dan Lipinksi (D-IL), Rodney Davis (R-IL), and Cheri Bustos (D-IL), as well as U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL).  Representatives of Metra, CREATE, the Association of American Railroads, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, and labor will also participate in the roundtable.

Participants will discuss the CREATE program, a public-private partnership between federal, state and local governments, Metra, Amtrak, and the nation's freight railroads to improve the flow of rail transportation in and around Chicago.  The panel will focus on the progress of CREATE – which is made up of 70 different rail infrastructure improvement initiatives – explore the challenges faced in delivering those improvements, and discuss the importance of passenger and freight rail synergies to the Nation’s transportation system.

The roundtable of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. (CST) on Monday, June 10, 2013 in Room 16503, Thompson Center, 100 West Randolph St., Chicago, Illinois 60601.

The roundtable is open to the press, and Committee Members will be available to take questions from the media immediately following Monday’s meeting, at approximately 11:30 a.m.

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