Davis Invites FRA Administrator to Visit Springfield High-Speed Rail Corridor
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today announced that he has invited the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Administrator Ronald Batory to visit the rail corridor in Springfield. Batory and Davis will meet with local stakeholders and tour the rail corridor and construction site on Monday, June 4.
“This project is incredibly important to Springfield and I’m excited to bring Administrator Batory to meet with local stakeholders and show him firsthand it’s value to our local economy,” said Davis. “I want to make sure the federal government is doing its part to ensure this project is completed and we have reliable passenger trains running through Illinois. I’ve always believed that once it’s completed, Springfield will be a great example of where high-speed rail can work and I’m looking forward to showing off the years of hard work by local officials and stakeholders.”
Additionally, Davis has been working with the Illinois NAACP, the Central Illinois African American Museum, and the Library of Congress to preserve artifacts from the 1908 Springfield race riots unearthed during construction of the Carpenter Street segment of the Rail Improvement Project. In February, Davis hosted the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, in Springfield to view the artifacts.
Davis has worked to secure federal support for this project since coming to Congress. Related:
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