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ACTION ALERT: Contact Our Senators, Your Member of Congress ASAP

11 Jul 2011 5:09 PM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

This bulletin was put out by the Midwest High Speed Rail Association this afternoon. It is an excellent summary of a national issue.

Similar pleas have been sent out by NARP and other state ARPs around the country.

Please take action NOW and contact Florida's elected officials in Washington to help preserve funding for passenger rail projects throughout the country--including improvements to Amtrak services in the Northeast Corridor!

--Jackson McQuigg

Midwest High Speed Rail Association (logo)


The next major round of the federal budget appropriations process starts this week.

Please CALL and EMAIL your legislators TODAY. Ask them to Stand Up on the floor today and speak in favor of high-speed and intercity passenger rail!

The Fiscal Year 2012 House Energy & Water Development Appropriations Bill will be heading to the floor for debate today. It contains a provision stripping out high-speed rail money that was awarded in 2010 but has not yet been obligated (spent). If the bill is successful in rescinding that funding, the Midwest will lose critical rail projects and jobs.

- Instead of a much-needed rehab of the Chicago to Detroit line, service between Kalamazoo and Dearborn will drop to a slow 25-mph.

- A planned replacement of the outdated Midwest Amtrak fleet of rail cars will also not move forward.

- Other important projects will be lost throughout the United States as well. Here is a list, organized by congressional district, of all projects (and numbers of jobs) that will be lost.

At 6:00pm TONIGHT, there will be a Special Order - members of the U.S. House will speak out against the provision in this bill rescinding unobligated funds for HSIPR projects. It is important that house members who support high-speed rail Stand Up on the floor TODAY to speak in favor of preserving those funds.

This is the critical week for supporters of passenger rail to speak up and create a lot of noise. We have set up a webpage that will make it easier for you to reach out to your elected officials. It's called

Please visit this website and enter your zip code at the bottom to contact your elected officials. Give their office a CALL TODAY and send a follow up EMAIL using the website. Then, tell a friend to email their legislators too! Let's flood these offices with thousands of calls from across the country, demonstrating the widespread support that exists for high-speed and intercity passenger rail!

Rick Harnish
Executive Director

Midwest High Speed Rail Association

4765 N. Lincoln Ave.

Chicago, IL 60625


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