Last fall, Congress provided unprecedented new funding for trains: at least $66 billion over the next five years.

Now, a critical opportunity has arrived to shape how this new funding will be used.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has the responsibility of developing a process to guide how to spend the money. To help with this, the FRA has just published this Request for Information about its Corridor Identification and Development Program. The most important thing to know at this stage is that the FRA will accept public comments until March 9.

This is an exciting chance to influence historic investment in new American trains.

The High Speed Rail Alliance plans to submit our own comments. We are also eager to help allies, such as local elected officials who want to bring new and better trains to your community.

You can help with this important work:

1) Please make sure that local elected officials—such as your mayor and city councilor—know about the FRA’s Request for Information and March 9 timeframe. You could even send them a link to this page.

2) Let your elected officials know that the High Speed Rail Alliance is ready to assist. If they want help responding to the questions the FRA is asking, your local leaders can call the High Speed Rail Alliance at (773) 334-6758, or write us.

3) You can always make a donation to support our work to shape this tremendous, emerging opportunity! Our best chance to modernize America’s network of trains is finally here.

Thanks for your help.

Here is the link to the RFI:

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