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National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) Remarks

  • 20
  • Oct
  • 2012
SPEAKER: Karen Hedlund
SPEAKER'S TITLE: Deputy Administrator
AUDIENCE: National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) National Council of Representatives
LOCATION: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
SUBJECT: High-Speed Passenger Rail
ABSTRACT: In 2009, we envisioned a transportation network transformed by higher-performing and high-speed intercity passenger rail. And with the largest federal investment ever made in America’s rail network – including more than $12 billion for passenger rail projects – the FRA and 34 states have gone to work turning this vision into a reality. We have now obligated 100 percent of our High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) program grants funded to us through the Recovery Act, and 99 percent of our program funding. As a result, nationwide, 154 projects are addressing all aspects of rail development – to laying and upgrading track, to eliminating bottlenecks, to station development, to planning for future construction.
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