80th Annual Meeting

WHEREAS, high-speed rail corridors can expand and fundamentally improve passenger transportation in the geographic regions they serve and will further connect communities and economic centers in complement to existing highway, aviation, and public transit systems across the country; and

WHEREAS, high-speed rail will spur economic development along corridors, connect markets, and create tens-of-thousands of shovel-ready jobs, new manufacturing positions, and other permanent positions throughout the country in a time when the American worker needs such opportunity; and

WHEREAS, high-speed rail will increase traveling options as an alternative to driving or flying and will promote domestic tourism by providing a service that is fast, safe, and reliable; and

WHEREAS, high-speed rail will help advance the United States’ reputation as a sustainable nation by curbing its dependence on oil, protecting environmental quality and promoting energy efficiency; and

WHEREAS, high-speed rail will offer great public benefit as it improves the quality of life, in urban and rural communities alike, by providing rail access to new communities and improving the reliability, speed and frequency of existing lines; and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports high-speed rail expansion and development and applauds investment in American infrastructure, economic development, tourism as it concurrently advances public well-being and U.S. global competitiveness.