California’s bullet train authority decides to buy American after all As Published by Ralph Vartabedian in Los Angeles Times The California High Speed Rail Authority has reversed its plans to buy foreign parts for its trains, saying in a letter to federal regulators that it was withdrawing a request for a waiver from the Buy American Act. […]
[As published By John Previsich And Edward Wytkind in The Modesto Bee] California has more museums dedicated to railroads than any other state in our country – and it’s easy to see why. From the transcontinental railroad to the developing high-speed rail system, rail transportation has played a significant role in shaping this state’s history. The […]
At the request of Amtrak and CAHSRA, FRA seeks to waive its Buy America standard in order to allow the final assembly of up to four HSR trainset prototypes to take place outside the U.S. Given the limitations on the domestic production and testing of HSR trainset prototypes as identified in the notice, we will not oppose this narrow waiver to help expand HSR in the U.S. while simultaneously developing domestic production facilities.
On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you vote NO on an amendment offered by Representative Denham to the pending FY 15 T-HUD bill (H.R. 4745). This amendment would single-out one project in a single state – California high-speed rail – from receiving any funds appropriated in a bill that is supposed to fund our nation’s transportation needs.
Vote No on the Ryan Budget Resolution Dear Representative: I urge you to vote against the Budget Resolution (H. Con. Res. 25) offered by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as it proposes radical cuts to our transportation system and puts in jeopardy hundreds of thousands of American jobs. This latest edition of the Ryan […]
[By Keith Laing of The Hill] The budget unveiled Tuesday by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) would slash transportation spending in an effort to as part of an effort to cut federal spending by $5.7 trillion. The plan from Ryan, who is the chairman of the House Budget Committee, is intended to balance the federal budget by the […]
For ordinary, common-sense Americans, the 113th Congress has a lot to prove. Will our lawmakers finally reject the corrosive politics that values gridlock and inaction over progress, or remain stuck behind those who say any bipartisan agreement for the good of the country is, by definition, a defeat? When it comes to our passenger rail […]
The questions of how to generate more high-paying jobs in America and how to regain our pre-eminence as the world leader of safe and efficient transportation are ones that shouldn’t be asked on separate tracks. We need a transportation network in this country that is interwoven and properly funded from our waterways to our railways to our […]
At least one governor appreciates what transportation investments can do for his state. Governor Jerry Brown of California stood side by side with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at the Port of Oakland earlier this week, building on the new momentum behind the state’s ambitious high-speed rail plans. Fresh off the actions of state legislators who […]