Please contact the aides to one of the three Ohio Congresspersons who sit on the House Appropriations Committee. In the coming days and weeks, Congress may act on passing the Transportation-Housing Urban Development appropriations bill. In the House, the bill number is H.R. 2843; in the Senate it is S. 2844.
The most essential provision of these bills to Ohioans are Restoration and Enhancement grants, authorized by Congress last year in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (Title 49 § 24408) at $20 million per year over five years. The Senate’s bill would appropriate $15 million to this grant program while the House bill would appropriate $0.
Restoration and Enhancement grants are essential to Ohioans because they would allow Amtrak to expand its Chicago-East Coast passenger rail services across Ohio, including a daily Cardinal via Cincinnati and South Portsmouth, as well as linking the Wolverine/Keystone corridors via Toledo, Cleveland and Youngstown.
Please contact Congress today and ask for support of S. 2844’s appropriation amount for passenger rail Restoration/Enhancement grants (phone calls are best!):
Rep. David Joyce (eastern suburbs of Cleveland) — Transportation Aide is Amanda Shaw: 202-225-5731 email@example.com
Rep. Tim Ryan (Youngstown-Warren area) — District Director is Rick Leonard: 330-373-0074 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (Toledo-western suburbs of Cleveland) — Transportation Aide is TJ Lowdermilk: 202-225-4146 email@example.com
If you have any questions, please contact All Aboard Ohio Executive Director Ken Prendergast toll-free at 844-464-7245 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for speaking up and supporting passenger rail in Ohio!