Oct 15, 2010
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Representative Richard Neal of Massachusetts is telling federal and state officials they have a rare opportunity to build a 21st century railroad in New England.
Neal, Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Mullan, federal transportation officials and others from Connecticut and New York are meeting in Springfield Friday to review plans for updating rail service.
The Obama administration is spending $8 billion nationally to build lines for high-speed rail and trains connecting cities to improve economic development.
The meeting will review plans to coordinate new passenger rail service with freight networks, rail projects funded by federal stimulus money and including New York in regional discussions.
Neal says that in a weak economy, government can do work the private sector cannot.