|Posted:||February 10, 2017 11:58 AM|
|From:||Representative Robert F. Matzie|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Recognizing the Freight Rail Industry and its Employees (Former House Resolution 252)|
|In the near future, I plan to reintroduce House Resolution 252 of the 2015-16 Legislative Session which will recognize the contributions that the freight rail industry and its employees have made to the national transportation system.
Since 1830, freight rail has been instrumental in bringing American goods to market on a national and international scale. Each year, with 140,000 miles of track, freight rail moves approximately 40 tons of freight for every person in the United States. Freight rail has evolved to become one of the most fuel efficient means of transporting goods, able to move one ton of freight approximately 476 miles on one gallon of diesel fuel. Additionally, in 2015, freight railroads consumed 712 million fewer gallons of fuel and emitted 8 million fewer tons of carbon dioxide than they would have if their fuel efficiency had remained constant since 2000.
Freight rail remains essential to economic growth and innovation by continuing to enhance fuel efficiency and creating an estimated 170,000 good paying jobs nationwide. Freight rail companies have greatly aided this growth by reinvesting $600 billion in revenues toward equipment, maintenance and rail expansion since 1980. These economic advances can be felt right here in the Commonwealth which operates more freight railroads than any other state. Furthermore, freight railroads employ more than 13,000 Pennsylvanians while operating 5,000 miles of track.
Please join me in recognizing the contributions that the freight rail industry and its employees have made to the national transportation system.
Former House Resolution 252 of 2015-2016 - Previous Co-Sponsors - GIBBONS, MAHONEY, LONGIETTI, READSHAW, KOTIK, HENNESSEY, FREEMAN, BAKER, BRIGGS, MURT, KINSEY, KIM, THOMAS, COHEN, FARINA, SCHLOSSBERG, ROZZI, CALTAGIRONE, PAYNE, WHEELAND, TALLMAN, MILLARD, SCHWEYER, PASHINSKI, DONATUCCI, DAVIS, MUSTIO, McNEILL, BROWNLEE, DiGIROLAMO, A. HARRIS, WATSON, MARSICO, W. KELLER, GILLEN, BENNINGHOFF and BRADFORD
Introduced as HR226