Published on : Friday, January 17, 2014
The following statement is made by Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman regarding remarks from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx on the need to address the nation’s infrastructure deficit:
“Amtrak supports Secretary Foxx’s call to address the nation’s infrastructure deficit and develop a national transportation plan that links our roads and rails and ports into a safe, integrated and interconnected system.
“The Highway Trust Fund is dead. It’s financially unviable and built on an outmoded
vision for mobility in the United States. We need to replace it with a surface transportation
program for the 21st Century.
“The guiding principle of a new federal surface transportation investment program must
focus on national priorities, connectivity and economic growth. A world-leading economy today requires a world-leading transportation system that strengthens the whole network.
“We need a balanced program that can provide investment in any surface mode–
including Highway, Transit, and Rail (both passenger and freight)–to unshackle transportation planners, system users, and other decisions makers from simply chasing mode-restricted dollars and instead ask them to produce results that matter to the nation.”
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