Representative Seth Moulton (MA-06) introduced the American High-Speed Rail Act on March 11, which calls for investing $205 billion federal dollars into high-speed rail spread over 5 years ($41 billion a year). Representatives Brendan Boyle (PA-02), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), and Mike Doyle (PA-18) joined Moulton as original sponsors of the bill.
Moulton is introducing the bill to influence the upcoming infrastructure debate in Washington, according to his spokesperson Tim Biba.
Moulton represents Lowell and surrounding suburban Massachusetts towns.
The introduction of the American High-Speed Rail Act follows a 30-page white paper Moulton released in May, in which he outlined a vision for building U.S. high-speed rail and the benefits of doing so.
Moulton’s bill would provide high-speed and higher speed rail grants administered by the Federal Railroad Administration with incentives for a similar amount of nonfederal funding and would prioritize equity, economic development and climate. It would include developing regulations and standards anticipated to reduce project costs and expedite development.
Moulton has emerged as a leading national advocate for high-speed and commuter rail since he arrived in Congress five years ago. He recently helped secure more than $1 billion for rail transportation in the CARES Act, including $492 million for Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor.
He was one of the first elected officials in Massachusetts to endorse the North South Rail Link, He also commissioned the Harvard Kennedy School to study transportation issues which found it costs Massachusetts residents $64 billion per year to sit in traffic.
Prior to serving in Congress, Moulton worked as a project manager for a high-speed rail project that is likely to become the first viable high-speed option in the country.