OneRail Coalition

OneRail is a newly formed coalition, organized to promote investment in both freight and passenger rail infrastructure. Our goal is to provide new opportunities for increasing investment in rail as a key tool for economic development and redevelopment and as a means to reduce our dependence on fossil fuel and carbon emissions in the transportation sector.

Coalition Updates

Responding to TIGER Grants Announcement

Washington, DC, February 17, 2010 - The OneRail Coalition commends Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood's announcement of the award of $1.5 billion in in merit-based TIGER grants for emphasizing a strong multi-modal commitment to balancing investment in the nation's transportation system.
Full Press Release (PDF)

Obama Administration’s Investment in Rail Will Create Jobs and Livable Communities

Washington, D.C. January 28, 2010 - President Barack Obama’s announcement today of $8 billion in high-speed and intercity rail grants will help rebalance the country’s transportation system while putting people back to work, according to OneRail, a coalition advocating for greater investment in freight and passenger rail.

OneRail Press Release (PDF)

White House Statements (Link)

OneRail Coalition Calls on Congress to Increase Funding for Investment in Rail

Washington, D.C. September 25, 2009 - In a letter to key congressional appropriators, the OneRail coalition expressed strong support for funding programs that will move more people and goods by rail. Noting that freight and passenger rail infrastructure improvements offer significant environmental, energy and mobility benefits, and will create good jobs for American workers particularly in states which have experienced losses in other sectors, the coalition calls for the maximum allocation in FY 2010 for rail grant programs including $4 billion for HSIPR and the full authorized level for Amtrak. OneRail also urges continued funding for national transportation infrastructure investments ($1.1 billion for the TIGER program successor) and assuring rail eligibility for general fund transportation investments.

Letter to Chairman Olver (PDF)

Letter to Senator Murray (PDF)

Onerail Coalition Calls on Congress to Invest in Rail as Part of Balanced Approach to Meet Climate, Energy Challenges

Washington, D.C. June 4, 2009 - The OneRail Coalition urges House lawmakers to incorporate investment in passenger and freight rail into the surface transportation legislation currently being drafted to ensure a balanced approach to addressing our nation’s surface transportation challenges.

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OneRail Coalition Urges Investment in Rail

June 3, 2009 - In a letter to Chairman James L. Oberstar and Ranking Member John L. Mica, the OneRail Coalition urges that investment in rail be incorporated in the surface transportation legislation to ensure a balanced, multi-modal approach. The coalition believes incorporating rail into our national transportation system would help achieve important national goals, including reducing energy use and climate related emissions.
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OneRail Coalition Applauds Senators Rockefeller and Lautenberg for Envisioning a 21st Century Transportation Program

May 15, 2009 - The OneRail Coalition commends Senators John D. Rockefeller and Frank Lautenberg for introducing the Federal Surface Transportation Policy and Planning Act to establish a clear mission for our national surface transportation policies and programs.
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Rail story airs on PBS

On April 21, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer aired a story focusing on how the lack of modernization hurts the freight train network. View the transcript or watch the video.

Letter to Governors

In a letter dated March 19, OneRail notified all Governors that ARRA funds provided to state transportation departments are eligible for passenger and freight rail projects.
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Statement of California Department of Transportation

Director Will Kempton before the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on the Benefits of Intercity Passenger Rail, January 28, 2009.
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Understanding the Federal Programming

Learn about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding that is available for passenger and freight rail and the process to get funding for a rail project.
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Canby Testimony before House Rail Subcommittee

Anne Canby, STPP’s president, testified before the Rail Subcommittee of the House Transportation & Infrastructure on behalf of the OneRail coalition urging the Congress to include two critical priorities in the economic recovery measure:  (1) full funding of all currently authorized rail infrastructure and development programs in addition to amounts proposed in the House economic recovery legislation; and (2) flexibility in the general funds allocated to states and localities for surface transportation so they can invest in rail projects as needed.
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STPP announces the formation of a new rail coalition

Coalition members include leaders of environmental and railroad groups that have joined with STPP to advance passenger and freight rail policies as a critical element of the nation’s transportation system to increase mobility, reduce emissions, and promote economic growth.

  • Statement of Principles
    Railroads are a critical element of our national transportation system. Public policy must expand passenger train options, critical freight rail network capacity, and intermodal connectivity in our national transportation system. A OneRail policy supporting both freight and passenger rail objectives is needed to maximize transportation options that enhance mobility, achieve energy efficiency, address climate change, boost economic growth and improve quality of life for all Americans.
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  • News Release (PDF)
    WASHINGTON -January 15, 2009 – Two days before President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden arrive here by train for their inauguration, environmental, freight and passenger rail groups have come together with reform-minded transportation experts to form a coalition that will advance rail programs. The coalition will encourage public policies recognizing rail as a critical element of the national transportation system and an essential part of the future economic growth and environmental well-being of the nation.
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  • Letter to President-elect Obama (PDF)
    Dear President-elect Obama, As your incoming administration moves forward to assure our country’s economic recovery, the undersigned organizations respectfully urge you to include rail as an essential component of any national infrastructure investment initiative. Maximizing our rail system for intercity and commuter passengers and freight will create American jobs and boost economic growth, enhance mobility, increase energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gases and improve quality of life for all Americans.
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  • Members
    The American Public Transportation Association, The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, Amtrak, Association of American Railroads, Building America's Future, National Association of Railroad Passengers, The Natural Resources Defense Council, The Railway Supply Institute, Inc,  States for Passenger Rail Coalition, and The Surface Transportation Policy Partnership.
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