February 12, 2014 Amtrak: Highway Trust Fund on Life Support Gets Us Nowhere

Steve Kulm

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WASHINGTON – A U.S. Senate committee held a hearing today on the future of the federal surface transportation program. While he did not testify, Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman made the following statement:

“Congress is facing a real challenge on transportation policy and the bankruptcy of the Highway Trust Fund is just the tip of the iceberg. It is a challenge that must be met and one we as a nation can no longer dodge or neglect.

“We are not making the transportation investments needed for economic growth and network improvement – we’re just barely keeping the existing system going.

“We need a balanced Transportation Trust Fund that can provide investment in any surface mode– including Highway, Transit, and Rail (both passenger and freight). Such a program would strengthen the whole network, and recognize and support the unique roles each mode plays in supporting interstate commerce and national connectivity.

“Simply putting the Highway Trust Fund on life support gets us nowhere.”

Click here for a copy of a recent speech delivered by Boardman on the topic of Bringing Transportation Funding into the 21st Century.

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