NARP Releases Hotline issues for March 2012

The National Association of Railroad Passengers released the main issues currently affecting railroad passengers. The issues include:

  • President Obama signed into law a three-month extension of the surface transportation authorization, avoiding a lapse of the gasoline-tax that would cripple highway and transit infrastructure projects.
  • The House voted 228-191 for a budget resolution.
  • The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority comes up with a final proposal to address its $160 million budget gap, putting forth a plan that will raise fares while avoiding serious cuts to service in most cities and towns.
  • Amtrak hit an important milestone in the replacement of the Niantic River rail bridge, floating in the new lift span into place to attach it to the structure of the bridge itself.
  • The U.S. Department of Treasury and the Council of Economic Advisers released a report that calls for immediate investment in infrastructure to shore-up the middle-class and support energy security—both of which will be vital to America’s ability to compete in the long-term.

Click here to visit the NARP hotline webpage for information on these and other issues.