Unfortunately, we got this alert very late in the game, but it’s always worthwhile to register your support for items like this. Even if they’re well-disposed to high speed rail and your input comes a little late, they like to know that it’s something important to their constituents:
In response to the elimination of high speed and intercity passenger rail (HSIPR) funding in the Senate subcommittee’s fiscal year 2012 bill, Senators Durbin, Lautenberg, Feinstein & Landrieu will offer an amendment today at 3:00 PM in full appropriations committee mark up. The amendment would provide $100 million for HSIPR and you may find more background on it below. We encourage you to contact Senate appropriators to express your support for the amendment. You may find a list of committee members and their contact information by clicking here. Please contact your Senators as soon as you can prior to and around 3:00 pm [ET] today.
There are talking points here.
Meanwhile, on the other end of the federal process WSDOT received $31m from the Feds for Cascades. Details below the jump.
A highlight of the rail dollars includes:
- Pacific Northwest Corridor Reliability – $16.1 million for design, environmental review and construction work to stabilize and improve track structure along the rail line between Blaine, WA, and the Columbia River Bridge in Vancouver, WA. The upgrades along this route will increase service reliability by reducing the number of closures and delays due to inclement weather.
- Vancouver-Port Access Rail Improvements – $15 million for construction of a new, rail access route to the Port of Vancouver, including grade separation at an existing rail crossing which has acted as a significant choke point for rail traffic. This enhancement will substantially minimize delays affecting freight trains and Amtrak’s Cascades service. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Port of Vancouver are contributing a combined total of $22 million to this project. Construction is expected to begin in July 2012.