Pelosi Statement on Caltrain Electrification

May 22, 2017
Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the approval of a Full Funding Grant Agreement for Caltrain electrification:

“Today we celebrate as the Transportation Department has answered California Democrats’ calls to release federal funds for the long-planned Caltrain electrification, allowing this crucial project to proceed with construction.  Our victory would not have been possible without the $100 million secured in the recent omnibus appropriations bill, and the strong leadership of Congresswomen Eshoo, Speier and Lofgren, our Senators, and the entire California Democratic delegation in overcoming this roadblock.

“Caltrain electrification will not only modernize a key infrastructure network in the Bay Area, it will create thousands of good-paying jobs in more than a dozen states across America.   With smart, shovel-ready investments in infrastructure, we are improving commuters’ travel, investing in cleaner air and creating good-paying jobs in our region and beyond.

“Investments in America’s infrastructure are investments in America’s future.  House Democrats are proud to continue to fighting for initiatives that modernize aging, inefficient systems and offer a strong foundation for economic growth.”

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