Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Environmental group hails higher high speed rail numbers

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The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) issued a statement Wednesday applauding the higher-than-expected high speed rail allocation--$2.5 billion--included in the in the Fiscal Year 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Conference Report, which Congress approved Sunday.

Howard Learner, executive director of ELPC, said: “Investment in high speed rail will create good jobs and revitalize American rail manufacturing, helping the nation move from recovery to prosperity. High speed rail is the most practical, environmentally responsible and energy efficient way to transport people safely and comfortably over moderate distances."

ELPC noted that the high speed rail allocation in the $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill is in addition to the $8 billion included by President Obama in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and brings the Administration’s total commitment to to $10.5 billion.

(It was incorrectly reported here earlier that $1 billion of the high speed allocation was part of---not in addition to--the President's initial pledge $8 billion with an extra $1 billion to be included in the national budget for five years.)