Building America’s Future Praises the Department of Transportation’s Decision to Designate the Northeast Corridor as Federal High-Speed Rail Corridor

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced that the Northeast Corridor will be the eleventh and final federally designated High Speed Rail corridor, which includes train service in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston (letter to Senator Lautenberg here).  Applauding this announcement, Building America’s Future issued the following statement from president, Marcia Hale:

“Improving rail service between the major cities in the Northeast by upgrading to high-speed rail is one of the smartest investments this nation can make.  High speed rail in the Northeast Corridor could create 100,000 jobs by 2040, generate substantial economic activity, cut pollution and reduce massive congestion in local airports and roadways.  By opening up the Northeast Corridor to high-speed rail funding, the U.S. could create the equivalent of 1900 lane miles of interstate and demonstrate that high speed rail that is targeted to densely populated areas is attractive, sustainable, and beneficial to travelers.  Secretary LaHood’s recent announcement is welcomed news.”

Building America’s Future (www.BAFuture.org) is a bipartisan and national infrastructure coalition comprised of state and local elected officials dedicated to a renewed and reformed commitment to infrastructure. Co-chaired by Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I-NYC), former governors Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) and Ed Rendell (D-PA), Building America’s Future is dedicated to smart infrastructure investments – in energy systems, roads and bridges, mass transit, water and sewer systems, rail, ports, airports, levees and dams, schools and housing – to enhance the quality of life and safety of our communities, create jobs and economic growth, and promote energy independence.