H.Res. 367: Supporting the goals and ideals of National Train Day

H.Res. 367

Supporting the goals and ideals of National Train Day

Sponsor
Rep. Corrine Brown

Date
May 5, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

H.Res. 367 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Corinne Brown (D-FL) on April 27, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 367 resolves that the House of Representatives:

•  "Recognizes the contribution trains make to the national transportation system;

•  "Urges the people of the United States to recognize such a day as an opportunity to learn more about trains; and

•  "Supports the goals and ideals of National Train Day as designated by Amtrak."

 The resolution includes findings that state that "Amtrak trains and infrastructure carry commuters to and from work in congested metropolitan areas providing a reliable rail option, reducing congestion on roads and in the skies."

 

Background

According to the resolution's findings, Amtrak has designated May 9, 2009, as National Train Day to celebrate the way trains connect people and places. In May 1869, the "golden spike" was driven into the final tie at Promontory Summit, Utah, to join the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific Railroads, thus ceremonially completing the first transcontinental railroad. Today, an increasing number of people are using trains for travel purposes beyond commuting to and from work. Amtrak annually provides intercity passenger rail travel to over 25 million Americans residing in 46 States.