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Rail Subcommittee Hearing to Focus on Intercity Passenger Rail Service

Washington, D.C., June 16, 2017 | Justin Harclerode (202) 225-9446 | comments
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The Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials will hold a hearing next week to examine challenges and opportunities related to intercity passenger rail service in the United States, with witnesses to testify on behalf of the Federal Railroad Administration, Amtrak, and several passenger rail initiatives in California, Florida, and the New York City metropolitan area.

Among the issues likely to be discussed at this hearing are whether the federal government is making the most of its investments in passenger rail, how funds provided under the 2009 stimulus legislation have been used and what has been accomplished, the private sector’s investments in developing high-speed rail service, and Amtrak’s rehabilitation work at New York’s Penn Station.

This hearing of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, chaired by U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), is entitled, “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Challenges and Opportunities for Intercity Passenger Rail Service.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017, in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building.

The Subcommittee will hear testimony from:

  • Mr. Paul Nissenbaum, Associate Administrator for Railroad Policy and Development, Federal Railroad Administration
  • Mr. Charles W. “Wick” Moorman IV, President and Chief Executive Officer, Amtrak
  • Mr. John Porcari, Interim Executive Director, Gateway Program Development Corporation
  • Mr. Mike Reininger, Executive Director, Florida East Coast Industries
  • Mr. Dan Richard, Chair, California High-Speed Rail Authority

    More information about the hearing, including testimony, additional background information, and live webcast, will be posted here as it becomes available.


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