The House version of the COVID-19 emergency relief bill was introduced yesterday.
Both the House and Senate bills have similar amounts for funding to keep Amtrak and public transit operating through the dramatic drop in ridership.
House and Senate leaders are working on the final details right now.
We want to ensure that the Amtrak and transit levels remain where they are.
Please contact your representative and senators today.
If you have already done so, I encourage you to do it again.
Thank you for your efforts!
Tell your Senators: Put trains into emergency relief package
The Senate is working a on emergency relief package today Saturday 3/21. They may vote today or on Monday.
Please CALL your senators' offices and leave a simple message: Please include at least $1 billion for Amtrak and Brightline in the emergency relief package. Fill in your name and address to get their phone numbers. Then, you can follow up by sending the email and/or tweet.
There is an $850 billion stimulus bill moving through Congress very quickly. The Senate is hoping to act this week.
The airlines are asking for $45 billion, and the airports are asking for $10 billion, to help them overcome the drastic reduction in travel in the last two weeks.
Fast, frequent and dependable trains are just as important as airlines in keeping the country connected. Amtrak, Brightline and commuter railroads are feeling the same impacts as the airlines.
Trains have crossed the Alps for nearly two centuries. Now they're going right through them. And there is an important lesson for California in this story. It needs the same bold vision and determination to make its Bay Area to L.A. line a reality.
For centuries, the Alps were a huge barrier to trade and tourism. Europe solved the problem in the 1800s by building railroad routes up and over them. But running tunnels directly through the mountains was always a better solution. Now it’s happening.
“We need to face the music,” according to Transportation for America. “We are doubling and tripling down on a failed strategy.”
The U.S. has tried for decades to build its way out of congestion problems by adding new roads and highways. The result—as detailed by T4America’s new report, The Congestion Con—is ever-more congestion and gridlock.
The California High Speed Rail Authority has just released the first Draft Environmental Document for the Bakersfield to Palmdale segment of its Bay Area to Los Angeles high-speed line. Several public meetings are scheduled for March and April, and the CHSRA is accepting comments on the document through April 13.