Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Okay, I might have a problem, as no one should have this much to say about transportation funding in the stimulus bill who isn't getting paid. Honestly, that's one of the main obstacles to fighting for increased funding for public transportation and rail. There's no distinct lobbying group that represents all of the interests of the many people who could gain from this new money: straphangers, big cities, Amtrak, rail companies, unions, to name a few.
Well, it looks like this is changing, as a new group called OneRail is forming to make sure that rail gets a voice in the debate unfolding now. It's especially nice to see disparate groups, like the National Resources Defense Council and the Association of American Railroads, coming together for a good, green, productive goal. This is a big step, not just for this stimulus bill, but also the upcoming transportation bill that will happen later this year. More rail, less roads! Let's do this! OneRail!