Thursday, April 23, 2009

Mayor Joins Congressmen Cantor and Scott To Encourage High-Speed Rail

Who: Congressman Eric Cantor
Congressman Bobby Scott
Mayor Dwight Jones
Virginians for High Speed Rail
Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce

What: Press Conference on High-Speed Rail

When: 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 24, 2009

Where: Main Street Station
1500 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Background:

Mayor Dwight C. Jones will join Congressmen Eric Cantor and Bobby Scott, as well as representatives from Virginians for High Speed Rail and the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, to thank President Barack Obama’s administration for the inclusion of Southeast Rail Corridor in its strategic plan, and to call upon Virginia to submit requests and plans through competitive grants to ensure the implementation of this important project.

Mayor Jones was part of a group of mayors that met with President Obama last week to discuss the President's vision for high-speed rail in America. The Mayor was pleased with the Federal Railroad Administration’s inclusion of the Southeast Rail Corridor in the Department of Transportation’s recent announcement of a High-Speed Rail Strategic Plan. Mayor Jones stands in agreement with both Congressmen Cantor and Scott that a high-speed rail line between Richmond and Washington, D.C. provides a sensible and viable solution to the Richmond region’s transportation challenges while creating jobs and billions of dollars in economic development.

Contact: Tammy Hawley, (804) 646-3110