FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (#13-02)
January 29, 2013
The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) has extended its warm thanks to Secretary Ray LaHood for his tireless work in advancing the cause of passenger trains inAmerica.
LaHood, who announced today that he will be stepping down as head of the U.S. Department of Transportation, has been an energetic advocate for the improvement and expansion of America’s passenger rail network, and an effective administrator of a groundbreaking High Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail program. He successfully oversaw the distribution of $10.1 billion in rail funds, moving forward with 152 projects across the nation. Currently, that money is being used to advance 43 construction projects in 17 states and the District of Columbia, creating jobs for Americans and laying the groundwork to allow American businesses to compete globally in the 21st century.
As a former member of the House of Representatives and a Republican, LaHood was especially effective in communicating to both sides of the aisle the essential roll that trains play in connecting hundreds of communities acrossAmerica. Passengers of all political stripes rely on these trains.
“High-speed rail is coming to America,” wrote the Secretary on U.S. DOT’s Fast Lane, following a speech he gave before NARP’s Council of Representatives last year. “And as it advances, it's going to create jobs, spur economic development, and reduce roadway congestion. The President has called upon us to work together toward anAmerica that's built to last, and we can't do that without a passenger rail system that puts people to work today and creates economic opportunity tomorrow. Thanks to strong partners like NARP, that's exactly what we'll do.”
NARP appreciates everything the Secretary has done to improve the mobility of the American passenger, and the great support and encouragement he has given our organization. And we promise to continue to work for a modern, customer-focused national passenger train network that provides a travel choice Americans want.
About the National Association of Railroad Passengers
NARP is the only national organization speaking for the users of passenger trains and rail transit. We have worked since 1967 to expand the quality and quantity of passenger rail in theU.S.Our mission is to work towards a modern, customer-focused national passenger train network that provides a travel choice Americans want. Our work is supported by over 22,000 individual members.