Foxx Calls for Funding of Passenger Rail

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx is calling for federal funding of rail passenger service during his “GROW America” bus tour.

Foxx called passenger rail “an important piece of our transportation puzzle.”

He said that it makes sense for cities and states to invest in passenger rail at a time of record Amtrak ridership. More people are riding public transportation than at any time in the past 50 years.

“Sure, we can continue investing less in our passenger rail system than we should and watch our country’s competitiveness slip lower and lower. Or, we can choose to build projects like the that would bring our passenger train services into the 21st century,” Foxx said during an appearance in Charlotte, N.C.

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