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September 16, 2015

Reps. Aguilar and Denham Meet with Local Leaders to Highlight Economic Opportunities through Redlands Rail Project

Yesterday, Reps. Pete Aguilar (CA-31) and Jeff Denham (CA-10) sat down with local leaders of the Rail to Redlands Working Group and the County of San Bernardino to discuss the status of the Redlands Passenger Rail Project. Prior to serving in Congress, Rep. Aguilar was the Mayor of Redlands and a San Bernardino Associated Government (SANBAG) member, and had a part in the inception of the Redlands Passenger Rail Project.

“I’m proud to have played a role in this project when I was Mayor and I’m glad to have the opportunity to continue that work at the federal level with my colleagues, including Rep. Denham. The Redlands Passenger Rail will create economic opportunities in the Inland Empire, provide safe and reliable transportation for working families, ease traffic, and benefit the environment by curbing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality,” said Rep. Aguilar.

Rep. Jeff Denham added, “The Rail to Redlands project is an example of how targeted local passenger rail can positively impact the daily lives of Californians who rely on rail to get to and from work, school and their families. I supported the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act earlier this year because it will improve infrastructure and streamline local, state and federal coordination, enabling Redlands to continue to invest in local rail projects.”

San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos said, “We were very excited to have both Congressman Aguilar and Congressman Denham join our working group meeting this afternoon. Congressman Aguilar has been a key member of our group since the beginning of the project.  We definitely appreciate his continued support and his advocacy of the Redlands Passenger Rail Project at the federal level. We thank both Congressman Aguilar and Congressman Denham for their participation and for sharing their knowledge of federal legislation regarding rail and transit projects with our working group members.”   

Rep. Aguilar is a staunch supporter of investing in transportation and infrastructure. Since taking office in January, he’s cosponsored legislation to create a National Infrastructure Bank, voted in favor of reauthorizing Amtrak and passenger rails through 2019, and has continuously advocated for long term funding for the Highway Trust Fund. Earlier this year, Rep. Pete Aguilar sent a letter to US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx in support of SANBAG’s Transportation Improvement Generating Economy Recovery (TIGER) grant application for the Redlands Passenger Rail Project. 

 

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