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Tim Biba (Moulton), Tim@mail.house.gov

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Moulton, Ocasio-Cortez, Costa, Markey and Gillibrand Lead Coalition of Democrats in Push for High-Speed Rail Funding

The lawmakers are circulating a bicameral letter addressed to the committee chairs and leadership in both chambers seeking increased funding for high-speed rail.
WASHINGTON -

Today, Representatives Seth Moulton, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Jim Costa and Senators Ed Markey and Kirsten Gillibrand began circulating a bicameral letter addressed to the committee chairs and leadership of both chambers. They are seeking increased funding for high-speed rail in the American Jobs Plan. The group represents a broad coalition within the Democratic party making a united appeal to fund high-speed rail at levels that equal the funding Congress provides to road and air travel.

In the letter, the lawmakers said, “With the new administration, we have a generational opportunity to invest in our nation’s infrastructure, and we are grateful for your leadership in ensuring we invest in next generation infrastructure, not just the infrastructure of the past. As negotiations continue to develop around a comprehensive infrastructure package, we write to express our support for the inclusion of dedicated funding to develop international-standard high-speed rail with high-performance connections that feed into a larger network. A federal commitment to these modern and proven transportation systems will dramatically improve our environment, reduce inequity, and help grow cities and sustain vibrant downtowns across the nation.”

The letter has received early endorsements from the following organizations as of press time: The American Public Transportation Association (APTA); The High Speed Rail Alliance; The U.S. High Speed Rail Association; Former Amtrak Vice President of High-Speed Rail and Immediate Past Chair of the APTA High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Committee Al Engel; Brightline Trains; SYSTRA USA; Building America's Future; Emeritus Chair of California High Speed Rail Authority and former APTA Chair Rod Dirido; the American Train Dispatchers Association; National Conference of Firemen & Oilers, SEIU; American Train Dispatchers Association; HJI Group Corporation; Cascadia Rail; and Transportation for Massachusetts.

The full text of the letter is as follows:

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for New York's 14th congressional district. 

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