Following Connecticut Rail Collision, Senator Blumenthal To Question Secretary Of Transportation Nominee Anthony R. Foxx On Rail Infrastructure Investment

(Washington, DC) – At 2:30 PM today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) will participate in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation nomination hearing for Secretary of Transportation nominee Anthony R. Foxx, seeking responses from the nominee regarding investments in high speed rail, distracted and drunk driving, and air safety.

I have been impressed by Mayor Foxx’s record of accomplishment, and I look forward to hearing more from him today regarding critical transportation issues facing Connecticut and the nation, including investment in high speed rail, distracted and drunk driving, and air safety,” Blumenthal said. “High speed rail and improved rail connectivity have the potential to spur tremendous economic growth and development in Connecticut and nationwide. While we have not yet learned the cause of last week’s train collision in Connecticut, we know that investments in rail infrastructure throughout the Northeast are long overdue. Such investments are not only critical to the competitiveness of the region, but provide life-saving safety upgrades.  Infrastructure investments such as the new railcars on Metro North line most likely saved lives and limbs, and similar upgrades should not be delayed.”

The hearing may be viewed live via the Commerce Committee website here.

Press Contact

Elizabeth Benton (CT) 860-729-3589
Elizabeth_Benton@blumenthal.senate.gov
Kamara Jones (DC) 202-224-0309
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