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House Panel Considers Privatizing Rail

Posted By Ami Cholia On March 13, 2011 @ 2:14 pm In Green Transportation | 4 Comments

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After a third Republican governor said no to federal high-speed rail money citing potential cost overruns, a House committee is looking [2] into building railways without federal involvement. House Transportation Committee Chairman John Mica’s [3] (R-Fla.) office said on Friday that the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials is trying to find ways to “encourage and increase private-sector participation in passenger rail service.”

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Mica has always been a fan of increasing private funding in rail and had even suggested it as a solution against cost overruns to Florida governor Rick Scott, before Scott cancelled [5] high-speed rail in the state.

“Friday’s hearing will focus primarily on how to strengthen intercity passenger rail while making it less expensive to run,” the committee said in a statement.

Speakers in the meeting will include Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo, Amtrak [6] Vice President Stephen Gardner, North Carolina Department of Transportation Rail Director Pat Simmons, Association of Independent Passenger Rail Operators Stan Feinsod and AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department President Edward Wytind.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood [7] has asked the Obama administration to increase spending on transportation to $556 billion, and has said that demand is still high for high-speed rail. “There is a line outside of my door of governors, senators and congressmen,” LaHood said. “There is no shortage of interest in the $2.4 billion we’re going to reallocate from Florida.”

Via The Hill [2]


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[2] looking: http://thehill.com/blogs/transportation-report/railroads/148815-house-panel-to-look-for-ways-to-privatize-rail

[3] John Mica’s: http://mica.house.gov/

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[5] cancelled: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/11/955070/-Florida-Gov-Rick-Scott-rejected-railjobs$28-million-a-year-

[6] Amtrak: http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Amtrak/HomePage

[7] Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood: http://fastlane.dot.gov/

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