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92nd General Assembly

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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The National Governors Association has adopted a
 3    transportation policy that calls for Congress to  fully  fund
 4    the  nation's  intercity  passenger  rail  system and to also
 5    develop federal high-speed and  regional  rail  policies  and
 6    programs; and

 7        WHEREAS,  The  National  Council of State Governments has
 8    adopted a resolution calling on the U.S. government to fund a
 9    national intercity passenger rail network and  infrastructure
10    including connecting long-distant trains with high-speed rail
11    corridors; and

12        WHEREAS,  The  United  States  Conference  of  Mayors has
13    strongly urged President  Bush  and  Congress  to  develop  a
14    national  rail  policy  that  directs  greater  and sustained
15    investment in intercity passenger rail and a stronger federal
16    commitment to the nations' intercity rail network as part  of
17    a   balanced,   multi-modal,   shock-resistant,   and  secure
18    transportation system; and

19        WHEREAS, The  Illinois  Municipal  League  at  it's  85th
20    Annual   Conference  adopted  a  resolution  encouraging  the
21    federal government's continued support of passenger rail  and
22    recognizing  its  importance  to  communities such as Quincy,
23    Macomb,  Galesburg,  Kewanee,  Princeton,   Joliet,   Dwight,
24    Pontiac,   Bloomington,  Lincoln,  Springfield,  Carlinville,
25    Alton,  Homewood,  Kankakee,  Gilman,   Rantoul,   Champaign,
26    Mattoon,   Effingham,  Centralia,  DuQuoin,  Carbondale,  and
27    others in Illinois; and

28        WHEREAS, Several  Councils  of  Government  in  Illinois,
29    including  Lake  County Municipal League, Northwest Municipal
30    Conference, DuPage Mayors  and  Managers  Association,  South
31    Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, and others have all
32    endorsed federal funding for the development and construction
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 1    of a high-speed passenger rail network; and

 2        WHEREAS,  The business and labor community, including the
 3    Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Federation of Labor,
 4    Business   Leaders    for    Transportation,    the    United
 5    Transportation    Union,   Chicago   Metropolis   2020,   the
 6    Brotherhood  of   Locomotive   Engineers,   Crain's   Chicago
 7    Business, Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, and numerous other
 8    Business  and  Labor  organizations  throughout  the  nation,
 9    Midwest,  and Illinois support federal funding for high-speed
10    and intercity passenger rail; and

11        WHEREAS, Several national, regional, and  local  planning
12    organizations  and  citizens'  groups  including the National
13    Association  of  Railroad  Passengers,   National   Corridors
14    Initiative,   Railway   Progress   Institute,   Business  and
15    Professional People in  the  Public  Interest,  Sierra  Club,
16    Midwest  Interstate  Passenger  Rail Commission, Midwest High
17    Speed Rail Coalition, Environmental Law &  Policy  Center  of
18    the   Midwest,  Metropolitan  Planning  Council,  Center  for
19    Neighborhood Technology,  Chicagoland  Transportation  &  Air
20    Quality   Commission,   and  others  throughout  the  nation,
21    Midwest,  and  Illinois  echo  similar  support  for  federal
22    funding for high-speed and intercity passenger rail; and

23        WHEREAS, The current federal formula  for  transportation
24    funding  is heavily skewed towards highways and airports with
25    less than 1% directed at  rail  passenger  service,  creating
26    highway and airport congestion and perpetuating an unbalanced
27    transportation system that is vulnerable to emergencies, high
28    traffic volumes, and temporary disruptions; and

29        WHEREAS,  Intercity  passenger rail currently serves over
30    500 communities across the country, provides energy-efficient
31    mobility, uses 38% less energy per passenger mile than travel
32    by commercial airlines, can reduce congestion which currently
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 1    costs the U.S. economy $100 billion annually, and can further
 2    reduce U.S. dependence on imported foreign oil; now therefore
 3    be it

 6    we  urge  the  President and Congress of the United States to
 7    commit to a transportation policy that:

 8        1.  preserves a national intercity passenger system  that
 9    maintains  coast-to-coast  interconnectivity  and serves as a
10    skeletal framework for high-speed rail corridors;

11        2.  provides  a  source  of  predictable,  reliable,  and
12    sustainable funding for national intercity passenger rail and
13    the construction and operation of high- speed passenger  rail
14    corridors; and

15        3.  charges  the U.S. Department of Transportation or its
16    designated agency to administer and manage federal  passenger
17    rail  funding and oversight functions and work in partnership
18    with the States' Departments of  Transportation;  and  be  it
19    further

20        RESOLVED,  That  a copy of this Resolution be sent to the
21    President  of  the  United  States,  the  U.S.  Secretary  of
22    Transportation,  the  Federal  Railroad  Administrator,   the
23    President of Amtrak, the Chair and Ranking Member of the U.S.
24    Senate  Commerce,  the  Science and Transportation Committee,
25    the Chair and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate  Subcommittee
26    on  Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine, the Chair and
27    Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate  Appropriations  Committee,
28    the  Chair  and  Ranking  Member  of  the U.S. Appropriations
29    Subcommittee on Transportation, the Chair and Ranking  Member
30    of  the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee,
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 1    the Chair and Ranking Member of the U.S.  House  Subcommittee
 2    on  Railroads, the Chair and Ranking Member of the U.S. House
 3    Appropriations Committee, the Chair and Ranking Member of the
 4    U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, and
 5    the members of the U.S. Illinois Congressional delegation.

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