August 16, 2010
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LaHood ‘Optimistic’ About Transportation Legislation; Sees High-Speed Rail Serving 85 Percent of U.S.
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced at an Aug. 10 forum that he is “more optimistic than ever” about the timing of major transportation policy legislation in Washington. Building America’s Future, a national and bipartisan coalition, hosted the forum titled “America’s Infrastructure at a Crossroads.”
LaHood, presenting his keynote address via satellite, said he was going to meet with President Barack Obama later that day to discuss the administration’s “transformational vision” for the nation’s infrastructure, including implementation of high-speed rail. He predicted that the new rail service would connect 85 percent of the U.S. in 25 years, adding: “We don’t know where the lines will fall on a map or where the money will come from, but I promise you, in less time that it took to create our interstates, [the country] will have high-speed rail.”
According to the secretary, America is “beginning the work of reimagining and rebuilding America’s transportation system. This isn’t about politics or about pitting people on the left against people on the right. It’s about whether our economy goes up or down. It’s about whether we have a transportation system that moves us forward or one that holds us back. I believe that—together—we’re laying the groundwork for progress and getting America on the move once more.”
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, co-chair of Building America’s Future, emphasized that “Infrastructure is one of the most effective ways to help create good-paying jobs, increase Americans’ quality of life, and show how we can efficiently invest during hard times.”
Other participants in the event, co-sponsored by TechQuest Pennsylvania, included former Sen. and New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, chairman and chief executive officer, MF Global Holdings, and former House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt, president and chief executive officer of Gephardt Government Affairs.