WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that $400 million in high-speed rail funds from the Recovery Act for Ohio would be redirected to fund high-speed rail projects in other states, including Florida, New York, and California.
“It’s a great day for New Yorkers and Californians but a truly disappointing one for Ohioans waiting for jobs and waiting for passenger rail.”
“With so many Ohioans struggling, I don’t understand why we would give up on funds that create thousands of jobs and promote millions’ of dollars worth of economic development. It’s not just manufacturing and construction jobs we’re losing, it’s lost economic development opportunities along the proposed route and surrounding the proposed stations. By turning our backs on this federal investment, we are turning our backs on opportunity to bring rail manufacturing jobs to Ohio.”
“Ohio cannot be an island. If we’re serious about economic development and job creation, we need to connect our state to a nationwide rail system. We cannot accept the status quo of being home to most densely-populated area in the country with no passenger rail service.”