Amtrak Now and Into the Future
2167 Rayburn House Office Building
This is a hearing of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials.
Mr. Richard Anderson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Amtrak | Written Testimony
Ms. Nancy Nathanson, State Representative, Oregon House of Representatives | Written Testimony
Mr. Greg Regan, Secretary-Treasurer, Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO | Written Testimony
Mr. Jack Dinsdale, National Vice President, Transportation Communications Union | Written Testimony
Mr. Jim Mathews, President and Chief Executive Officer, Rail Passengers Association | Written Testimony
Mr. Bob Guy, Illinois State Legislative Director, Sheet Metal Air Rail Transportation – Transportation Division | Written Testimony
Ms. Stacey Mortensen, Executive Director, San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority | Written Testimony
Opening remarks, as prepared, of Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Ranking Member Rick Crawford (R-AR):
As this Committee begins work to reauthorize surface transportation programs, it is critically important to explore options to improve passenger rail service while reducing costs.
My district is served by Amtrak’s Texas Eagle long-distance route, with one station located at Walnut Ridge. I know that on-time performance has been challenging for this route, among others, and I look forward to hearing how on-time performance can be improved.
While passenger rail moves fewer people than other modes, Congress must foster an environment that embraces innovation, provides flexibility, and makes rail service more competitive and financially viable.
I also am interested to hear about the future railroad route network envisioned by Amtrak and state railroad agencies supporting or interested in supporting state services. Today we will hear about such a rail agency with direct experience working with Amtrak as an operator and with private contractors as operators.
I look forward to discussing ideas on contracting as a way to provide the highest level of service at the lowest possible costs.
Finally, railroad innovation leads to new technologies that make operations safer and more efficient. In turn, the rail network can handle increased demand and help relieve congestion on our roads.
Thank you to all of our witnesses for being here today.