Casey’s Amendment Part of Job-Creating Transportation Bill to Boost America’s Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today secured the passage of an amendment to ensure that additional rail manufacturers such as GE, which produces locomotives in Erie, can compete for high-speed rail contracts. The amendment passed as part of a bill to rebuild America’s transportation infrastructure and create jobs.
“The passage of this bill great news for Erie’s workforce and the economy of northwestern Pennsylvania,” said Senator Casey. “My legislation solidifies GE’s ability to compete for high-speed rail contracts, supporting jobs in the region and improving rail travel throughout the country.”
Senator Casey’s amendment would ensure that GE’s locomotives, which can operate at 110 miles per hour, can compete for high-speed rail contracts. The Department of Transportation was considering a requirement that high-speed rail locomotives reach 125 miles per hour, but infrastructure in most states only supports speeds of 110 miles per hour. In addition, the cost difference to upgrade that infrastructure would be substantial.
Senator Casey’s amendment will give state departments of transportation and public authorities the flexibility to procure locomotives that best suit their needs and maximize taxpayer dollars.