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American High Speed Rail Alliance Names Former Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater to Advisory Board

October 28, 2010

[WASHINGTON, DC] The American High Speed Rail Alliance (AHSRA) today announced the appointment of Rodney E. Slater, Partner, Patton Boggs, LLP, and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation to its Advisory Board. Secretary Slater joins more than 25 prominent figures and transportation industry leaders who provide guidance to the Alliance on its mission—to advocate for the development and implementation of a high speed passenger rail network in the United States.

As Secretary of Transportation under President Bill Clinton, Slater demonstrated his ability to build bi-partisan coalitions as he worked with Congress to pass several historic legislative initiatives, including the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), which guaranteed a record $200 billion in surface transportation investment through 2003 and authorized six high speed rail corridors. During his tenure, Slater submitted the first comprehensive plan for high speed rail and announced the designation of new high speed rail corridors and extensions to the existing corridors. During this time, Slater led the Clinton administration's efforts to significantly expand the nation's high speed rail network by introducing Amtrak's Acela Express service along the northeast corridor—the first high-speed rail system in the United States. Under his leadership, the federal transportation budget doubled and in the department’s "best in government" strategic and performance plans, the scope and definition of transportation was expanded to include a focus on safety, mobility and access, economic development and trade, the environment and national security.

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Top American Labor Officials 
Join Premier High Speed Rail Advocacy Group

Fight for More High Speed Rail Funding, Create American Jobs

[WASHINGTON, DC]  The American High Speed Rail Alliance today announced the addition of four top rail labor officials to its Advisory Board. The new members represent the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, Transportation Communications International Union/IAM, and United Transportation Union. These organizations represent hundreds of thousands of American workers in the transportation industry. 

"We are very proud to have leaders from the American labor movement as part of the American High Speed Rail Alliance," said former Congressman Al Swift, Chairman of the Advisory Board. "Together they represent so many hardworking American men and women all across this country. We welcome them and their leadership in joining our effort to fight for high speed rail funding and American jobs."

New members of the Advisory Board include:

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American High Speed Rail Alliance Names Advisory Board

Former Rep. Al Swift (D-Wash), “Father of High Speed Rail,” To Serve As Chairman

A dozen prominent figures and leaders of the transportation industry were named to the Advisory Board of the American High Speed Rail Alliance (AHSRA). This diverse group of industry veterans, statesmen and entrepreneurs is chaired by the Honorable Al Swift, former Congressman from Washington State, known as “the father of high speed rail” for his leadership on the Swift Rail Development Act of 1994. His bill was the first to authorize federal funds for corridor planning activities for the establishment of high speed rail service in the United States.

The newly named members of the Advisory Board will provide guidance to the Alliance on its mission to advocate for the development and implementation of an improved passenger rail network in the United States. The Board will support the Alliance’s policy agenda, participate in strategic planning sessions, maintain a dialogue with stakeholders in the high speed rail industry and help to establish the permanent Governing Board of Directors for the Alliance.

Other members named to the Advisory Board include:

“The American High Speed Rail Alliance team is excited to work with the members of the Advisory Board to gain insight from their collective industry experience,” said Mary Ellen Curto, Executive Director of the AHSRA. “The political savvy and business acumen of this group is unparalleled and we look forward to their guidance as we work to advocate for an aggressive policy agenda for high speed rail. As the Advisory Board becomes complete, it will reflect a balanced group of professionals with transportation and rail policy expertise and technical railroading knowledge.”

Policy Agenda
The American High Speed Rail Alliance supports ensuring sustainable funding sources adequate to build and operate a high speed and regional passenger rail network in the United States. Funding and financing options will include a combination of federal, state and local funding, public/private partnerships, government-backed infrastructure bonds, tax credits, tax incentives and private sector investments. The AHSRA advocates for robust federal investment in building and improving America’s passenger rail network.

Specifically, the Alliance will leverage its resources and relationships to: