Blog   See all posts

COVID Relief Action Alert

February 09, 2021

 

Edit: The action below was successful as the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure advanced the transportation funding proposal and rejected the amendment that would have stripped funding for Amtrak. 

The next step is to make sure this bill passes the House with all transportation funding intact. You can still take action and let your Representatives know that you support this bill.

Original

Passing along a message from the Rail Passengers Association:

The House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure released a transportation funding proposal for the next round of COVID-19 funding that includes $1.5 billion for Amtrak and $30 billion for transit, along with mandates to restore daily service on the long-distance trains and bring back workers furloughed due to the pandemic. 

This is great news, and a testament to the work this Association has done over the past few months!

We need your help right now on two critical items. The bill is scheduled to be marked up by the committee on February 10. That means we need you to reach out today to contact your representative—particularly if they are on the T&I committee—and:

1. Express your support for Amtrak’s funding and the mandate to restore service and workers. 

2. Ask them to oppose the amendment offered by Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), which would entirely strip out all funding and restoration mandates for Amtrak. 

3. Support inclusion of the $30 billion for mass transit systems. 

Please call your representative today!

With the markup scheduled for Wednesday February 10, 11am Eastern, the time to act is short!

Thank you for your help on this. 

Best, 

Sean Jeans-Gail, VP of Gov’t Affairs 

Rail Passengers Association

Details: S. Con. Res. 5 - TITLE VII – Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure

Amtrak - $1.5 billion

  • NEC - $820,388,160 
  • National Network - $679,622,840 
  • Not less than $165,926,000 from the combined amounts of the NEC and National Network shall be used to restore all long-distance service in effect as of July 1, 2020, and to recall all workers put on furlough on or after October 1, 2020. Restoration and re-employment to occur within 90 days of enactment.
  • Not less than $109,805,000 from the combined amounts of the NEC and National Network shall be used in lieu of capital payments that the state supported routes and commuter authorities were required to pay.
  • $174,850,000 from the National Network funds shall be used by Amtrak to offset amounts required to be paid by States for covered State-supported routes.

Mass Transit - $30 billion

  • Funds shall be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus; includes eligibility for operating expenses to prevent layoffs and avoid cuts to service.
Share