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 American workers need such opportunities, especially in regions
with chronically high unemployment; and
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 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
WHEREAS, President Obama committed $6.4 billion to improve existing intercity passenger rail services, develop new high-speed rail corridors, and strengthen the economic competitiveness of our freight rail system, as proposed in his FY14 budget; and
construction is expected to begin this year on the first segment of
the California High-Speed Rail system, the Northeast Corridor is expanding its
high-speed rail service, and many states continue planning for high-speed rail
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, The United States Conference of Mayors supports high-speed rail expansion and development and applauds investment in American infrastructure, economic development, and tourism as it advances public well-being and United States global competitiveness.
Projected Cost: Federal funding provided by Recovery Act and 2009 appropriations.