Thursday, December 17, 2009

Jobs bill contains $800 million for Amtrak

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A $154 billion package of legislation aimed at creating new jobs passed the House of Representatives by a 217-210 vote late Wednesday, without Republican support. Among its provisions is $800 million for Amtrak fleet modernization.

GE Transportation was among those who welcomed the news.

ge_transport.jpg“With passage of the Jobs for Main Street Act by the U.S. House of Representatives, GE Transportation has moved a major step closer to a potential order for the next generation, higher-speed passenger locomotives from Amtrak,” the company said in a statement. “GE Transportation in Erie and Grove City could build new locomotives for Amtrak following a competitive bidding process.”

The statement said Amtrak “has previously expressed interest in upgrading its aging passenger locomotive fleet. Once the critical funding for Amtrak to modernize its fleet is enacted into law, GE remains confident it can provide a superior proposal to Amtrak for the new locomotives.”amtrak_logo.jpg

“We greatly appreciate the support U.S. Representative Kathy Dahlkemper has provided to ensure this Act included specific funding for new passenger locomotives,” said Lorenzo Simonelli, president and CEO of GE Transportation. “This House legislation paves the way to help sustain well-paying manufacturing jobs and to provide the public with greener, more efficient transportation.”

Congresswoman Dahlkemper (D-Pa.) represents Pennsylvania's third district, which includes GE Transportation's headquarters city of Erie.