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Lipinski Applauds $1.2 Billion in Federal Funding for Illinois High-Speed Rail and Local Commuter Rail Improvements

 
Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) released the following statement Wednesday regarding $1.2 billion in federal money that Illinois will receive to develop high-speed rail and improve service on local commuter train lines:

“With this infusion of funding, high-speed rail in Illinois is off to a flying start. I pushed for this money over many months, including in conversations with Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo, and when I brought U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood out to Chicago in August for a tour highlighting the potential of high-speed rail. The projects receiving funding will pave the way for high-speed trains, create jobs, and produce improvements to existing rail service that benefit passengers. In my district, the Englewood Flyover – which I visited with Secretary LaHood – will help eliminate conflicts between Metra trains on the Rock Island line and freight and Amtrak trains, and eventually benefit the Heritage Corridor and the Southwest Service and BNSF Railway commuter lines. This flyover has long been listed as part of the CREATE rail modernization project, which I have strongly supported and for which I previously helped obtain $100 million in federal funding and which also received $300 million in the state capital bill with my support. It should be noted that the funding being announced tomorrow is not the only money available for high-speed rail in Illinois -- there is $50 billion for high-speed rail in the transportation reauthorization bill, which I have been pushing to pass as the only Chicago-area member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. From alleviating highway and airport congestion, to reducing pollution and energy consumption, to creating jobs and advancing economic development, to providing travelers with more options, high-speed rail holds great potential for Illinois.”

 

(January 29, 2010)

 

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