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U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) has introduced the American High-Speed Rail Act just as Congress turns its focus to infrastructure.
The bill would invest $205 billion into high-speed rail, create at least 2.6 million direct American jobs over five year, and provide Americans with a new travel option that’s safer than driving, cleaner than flying and never delayed by weather, Moulton said in a press release.
U.S. Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.), Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), and Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) joined Moulton as original sponsors of the bill. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Teamsters Rail Conference, Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employee Division, and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen have endorsed the bill.
The bill follows a 30-page white paper Moulton released last year, in which he outlined a vision for building U.S. high-speed rail and the benefits of doing so.
The bill includes plans for: