High Speed Rail


WHEREAS, the Teamsters Rail Conference, comprised of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division, supports the development of high-speed passenger rail in America; and

WHEREAS, the development of high speed passenger rail is threatened by many in Congress and several of our nation’s governors, who have politicized the issue; and

WHEREAS, the cost of a high-speed passenger rail system in this country is estimated at $300 billion, studies have shown that this money will create jobs in states that need them the most; and

WHEREAS, the federal government estimates that 47,000 jobs are created for each $1 billion spent on rail infrastructure projects; and

WHEREAS, the workers currently employed on our nation’s railroads are among the most highly skilled and trained in the world; and

WHEREAS, these railroad workers are covered by a host of federal laws and regulations, promulgated to ensure safety in the industry; and

WHEREAS, to ensure the safety of high-speed passenger rail, any system built must be considered a railroad carrier under the law, so that the workers and the communities that high-speed passenger rail operates through are protected by federal law; and

WHEREAS, safety will be the key to any corridor, and the Rail Conference believes that any high-speed passenger rail train that operates in this nation must have a certified and trained locomotive engineer in its cab to ensure its safe operation; and

WHEREAS, any corridor must be constructed and maintained by professional, qualified maintenance of way workers to ensure the highest safety standards; and

WHEREAS, Amtrak has proven for more than 40 years that its workforce has the knowledge, skills and abilities to operate a world-class national passenger railroad system.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and its affiliates will support the development, funding and building of a high speed passenger rail system in this country, and ensure the jobs created by such a system will be safeguarded for railroad workers as currently defined by federal law; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and its affiliates will support the designation of Amtrak as operator and provider of all high-speed passenger rail service in the United States.