Northeast Business Leaders Urge Action on Amtrak Bill

September 10 - Members of the Business Alliance for Northeast Mobility met in Washington with Senators Tom Carper (DE), Frank Lautenberg (NJ), John Kerry (MA), Bob Casey, Jr. (PA), Rep. Rob Andrews (NJ) and Amtrak President Alex Kummant.

The Business leaders and lawmakers convened in Washington D.C.'s Union Station to show their support for the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act, which passed both houses of Congress in the last year with veto-proof majorities. This bill will authorize increased funding over five years for Amtrak and the states for passenger rail capital and operating expenses.

This week marks the start of a three-week legislative session before Congress adjourns for the election season. If the Passenger Rail bill does not pass this year, the process must begin again next year with new bills in each House. Members of the Business Alliance, including representatives of the CEO Council for Growth of Philadelphia, the Greater Baltimore Committee, Regional Plan Association of New York, the New England Council and others stressed the importance of passing the bill this year. The time to act is now!

Photos: Sen. Tom Carper, center (above); Below top: From left: Kevin Corbett, Alex Kummant, Sen. Tom Carper, Sen. John Kerry, Sen. Frank Lautenberg, speaking, Lyle Wray, Otis Rolley. Below: Gov. Mark Schweiker, speaking.