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April 15, 2011
Thanks to everyone who sent emails to Congress Monday night. Unfortunately the high-speed rail appropriation in the FY2010 budget was cut from $2.5 billion down to $2.1 billion. Worse yet, the entire $1 billion FY2011 appropriation has been completely eliminated.
March 25, 2011
Attention, anti-train governors: Any state that fails to provide its young people with modern transit and intercity train service is going to find its best and brightest drifting away to places that appreciate young people and provide them with the amenities they expect.
March 16, 2011
Since November, three of the largest awarded ARRA-funded passenger rail projects comprising 30 percent of the total allocation have been cancelled. The federal government is preparing to reallocate $2.4 billion in a competitive bidding process. We need to take action now.
February 18, 2011

Yesterday, I joined Illinois Senator Martin Sandoval, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, at a press conference where he called upon Governor Quinn and the Federal Railroad Administrator to begin designing a 220-mph high-speed rail line.

January 31, 2011

My round-trip ticket cost $850. That was for an hour and ten-minute flight. On the return trip I experienced the full arrest treatment at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, 45 minutes on the tarmac waiting for a gate at O’Hare with no bathroom access, and then standing on the cold, dark, loud tarmac waiting for “carry-on” luggage.

January 25, 2011
During his State of the Union address today, President Obama set a goal of connecting 80% of Americans by high-speed rail within 25 years.
January 04, 2011
2010 was a very good year for passenger rail supporters in the Midwest. 2011 will be even better! We have an aggressive agenda for the new year, and we need your help to move our plans forward.
December 05, 2010
I just got back from a trip to China in late November. As part of my tour, I had the opportunity to ride several recently opened high-speed rail lines.
October 07, 2010
Gubernatorial candidates in several states have pledged to stop passenger rail expansion projects if elected in November. The Ohio and Wisconsin races have received a lot of attention, but similar issues have arisen in California, Florida and New Jersey.
September 29, 2010
Amtrak has released a proposal for a 220mph high speed line linking Washington - New York - Boston.

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