Moorman testifies to Congress
Posted 16 February 2017 - 06:38 PM
CEO Wick Moorman testified to Congress this week about Amtrak's future and needs.
Posted 16 February 2017 - 06:45 PM
Did Moorman specifically speak of the projects that are listed in the article (and call for funding them in particular) or is that the writer's list of what he thinks needed to be mentioned?
Posted 16 February 2017 - 07:01 PM
Posted 16 February 2017 - 07:02 PM
Edited by KmH, 16 February 2017 - 07:18 PM.
U. S. Congress - underground trolley system (1963) • Disneyland train (1968 and various other dates) • Old Tucson steam train (1969)
Amtrak: California Zephyr - Coast Starlight
. . . . . . .Total Amtrak miles - 11,390
• 4993 miles booked May '17 - Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle, Illinois Zephyr.
Posted 16 February 2017 - 07:42 PM
I'm going through the painful process of listening to the questions.
Wick added a paragraph about the commuter and state partners to the spoken version of the testimony, which isn't in the PDF.
Most of the questions were for the other panelists. There was some serious focus on truck drivers working dangerously long hours.
For Moorman: a silly question about horns in Stonington from Senator Blumenthal, a silly question about human trafficking from Senator Klobuchar.
Senator Udall wants to keep the Boy Scouts on the SWC (1:37) and gave Moorman an opening to say that Amtrak should have access to TIGER grants.
Senator Duckworth is focusing on getting Chicago straightened out and gave Matt Rose a deliberate opening to push for CREATE, and specifically 75th St. CIP. She also pushed for the Merchants Bridge improvement in St. Louis. Moorman took the opportunity to back CREATE, 75th St., and the Merchants Bridge improvement.
Senator Booker started by focusing on Gateway, inviting Moorman to tell the horror stories of what will happen if Gateway isn't done. (Circa 1:46) Booker then invited Moorman to explain why it would be better if Amtrak was funded out of the Transportation Trust Fund. Moorman took the opportunity to thank the committee for the FAST Act authorization and then to point out that Amtrak needs more money for both the NEC, and for locomotives and rolling stock. Booker openly fished for an answer saying that direct government investment is needed, and got it from Mr. Gurd.
Matt Rose managed to point out that the Highway Trust Fund is paid for out of general funds, not out of the gas tax. :-) Booker was doing a very good job rhetorically.
Edited by neroden, 16 February 2017 - 08:03 PM.
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