PLEASE CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSPERSON NOW!!
FY 2017 Transportation Funding Bills Advance
All Aboard Ohio urges you to contact your Congressperson now! Why? We have a great opportunity to get the funding tools necessary to improve and expand passenger rail service in Ohio, like a daily Amtrak Cardinal or the Pennsylvanian extended to Chicago. Now.
Please take a minute to contact your Congressperson CLICK HERE and politely ask him/her to support S.2844, the 2017 transportation funding bill, and the maximum funding for these passenger rail programs:
- $25 million for Federal State Partnership for State of Good Repair (House offers $25 million vs Senate’s $20 million);
- $50 million for Consolidated Rail Infrastructure & Safety Improvements (House offers $25 million vs Senate’s $50 million);
- $15 million for Restoration & Enhancements Grants (House offers $0 vs Senate’s $15 million).
The House and Senate bills also provide equal funding amounts for public transportation ($12.5 billion), railroad capital programs ($1.7 billion), and Amtrak ($1.42 billion). Please ask your Congressperson to support railroads and public transportation at their authorized funding amounts to create jobs and improve access to jobs.
The bill now goes to the full House Appropriations Committee, possibly next week, and then to the House floor for a vote in June. For more detailed descriptions of both the Senate and House appropriations bills, please CLICK HERE.
Thank you in advance for prompt action!