President Obama Identifies High Speed Rail As High Priority
Earlier today, President Obama listed high-speed rail and transit as a high priority at a town hall meeting in Fort Meyers, FL:
"...I’d like to see high-speed rail where it can be constructed. I would like for us to — to invest in mass transit, because, potentially, that’s energy-efficient, and I think people are a lot more open now to thinking regionally in terms of how we plan our transportation infrastructure.
The days where we’re just building sprawl forever, those days are over. I think that Republicans, Democrats, everybody recognizes that that’s not a smart way to design communities.So we should be using this money to help spur this kind of innovative thinking when it comes to transportation. That will make a big difference."
This is really exciting! It is the first time that a President has been so favorable to expanding transit.
Any major shifts in transportation policy are going to be driven by the President's policies. He made the connection between transportation and energy at Fort Myers today. We need to reinforce that connection by getting as many thank you messages to the President as possible.