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December 22, 2008
Vol. 9 No. 53

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IN THIS EDITION...   In This Edition...

  News Items…
LaHood Of Illinois Is Choice For Secretary Of Transportation
NCI Chairman John Robert Smith On ‘Main Street’
   Recovery Working Group
  Selected Rail Stocks…
  Across The Pond…
Russia Teams With Central Asian Countries On North-South
   Transport Corridor
Britain’s West Coast Main Line (WCML) Renovation Completed
Siemens Mobility And Deutche Bahn Sign Contract
   For 15 ICE-3 Trains
 
  Obituary…
Transit Advocate Paul Weyrich, Conservative Icon, Dead At 66
The Paul Weyrich I Knew
UTU National Legislative Director James “Brokenrail” Brunkenhoefer
   Dies At 61
  Events…
NCI Regional Transportation Forum in CT
  Publication Notes …


The Staff at the National Corridors Initiative, Inc. wish you a Joyous Holiday Season

NEWS OF THE WEEK... News Items...

This Pick Will Definitely ‘Play In Peoria’

 

LaHood Of Illinois Is Choice
For Secretary Of Transportation

By DF Staff

WASHINGTON --- Illinois Congressman Ray LaHood (R-IL), a pro-transportation Republican from Peoria, IL who is well known for his bipartisan approach to governance, is to be President-elect Barack Obama’s first Secretary of Transportation, Bloomberg News Service’s Michael Tackett and John Hughes have reported.

In yet another of the growing rail/Lincoln parallels between the nascent Obama Administration and that of President Abraham Lincoln, Cong. LaHood’s district includes the same 11 counties that comprised young Abe Lincoln’s Congressional district in Illinois during Lincoln’s only term in that office, 1847-1849.

Congressman LaHood, 63, had planned to retire from the House and had not sought re-election to Congress. Although elected to Congress in 1994 in the first GOP-dominated House in decades, LaHood was never seen as a member of the extreme ideological wing of his party; he has worked closely with Congressional Democrats during his seven terms in office.

In an interview with National Public Radio’s Brian Naylor December 2, before the DOT appointment became public, LaHood commented: “Our party has to come to grips with the idea that we are a very diverse country. And out party is very diverse. We’re not just one theology, and we’re not just one philosophy. Once we come to grips with that, that is the starting block…”

In the same December 6 interview he said of President-elect Obama: “He will set a new tone, and it will be genuine. This is not made up. He believes this, and I believe he will get people to work together --- and we will begin to turn the economy around, and it won’t just be with Democrats; if the Republicans are smart in the House and Senate, they’ll see that President Obama has a vision, but it can only be done in a bipartisan way.” For an audio version of the interview go to:

http://www.npr.org/templates/player/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=97693890&m=97693871

The appointment of LaHood as Transportation Secretary is seen as a key Obama decision, because so much of the $800 billion-$1 trillion stimulus/investment package now under development by the Obama Transition Team, will be for basic infrastructure repair and investment, much of that in bridges, highways, and, according to members of the Transition Team, rail as well.

At the press conference where he announced his choice, President-elect Barack Obama made the following remarks about the former Congressman:

“Standing up for our workers means putting them back to work and fueling economic growth. Our economy boomed in the 20th century when President Eisenhower remade the American landscape by building the interstate highway system. Now we need to remake our transportation system for the 21st century. Doing so will not only help meet our energy challenges by building more efficient cars, buses and subways or making Americans safer by rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges, it will create millions of new jobs in the process.”

“Few understand our infrastructure challenge better than the outstanding public servant that I’m asking to lead the Department of Transportation, Ray LaHood. As congressman from Illinois, Ray served six years on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, leading efforts to modernize our aviation system by renewing our aging airports and ensuring that air traffic controllers were using cutting- edge technology.”

“Throughout his career, Ray has fought to improve mass transit and invest in our highways. But he has not only helped rebuild our landscape, he’s helped beautify it by creating opportunities for bikers and runners to enjoy our great outdoors. When I began this appointment process, I said I was committed to finding the best person for the job, regardless of party. Ray’s appointment reflects that bipartisan spirit, a spirit we need to reclaim in this country to make progress for the American people and a spirit that Ray has embodied in all of his years in public service.”

Here is Congressman LaHood’s biography, from his Congressional website (http://www.house.gov/lahood/):

Ray LaHood represents the 18th Congressional District of Illinois; he was re-elected on November 7, 2006 (67.3% of the vote in the 18th District), and was serving his seventh term in Congress, having been first elected on November 8, 1994 to the historic 104th Congress. U.S. House Committee Assignment: Appropriations Committee, including: Select Intelligence Oversight Panel, Ranking Member; Subcommittee on Agricultural, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; Subcommittee on Legislative Branch.

A former junior high school social studies teacher, he is a graduate of Bradley University (1971) with a B.S. in Education and Sociology, he worked as Chief of Staff for U.S. House Minority Leader Robert Michel (R-IL 18) 1982-1994: a member of the Illinois House of Representatives in 1982: a District Administrative Assistant to Congressman Tom Railsback (R-IL 17) 1977-1982: and also worked for the Rock Island Youth Services Bureau, the Bi-State Planning Commission, and was a junior high school social studies teacher for six years.


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US Conference Of Mayors’ Group To Meet With Obama Team

 

NCI Chairman John Robert Smith On
‘Main Street’ Recovery Working Group

By DF Staff

MERIDIAN, MS --- Mayor John Robert Smith, former Amtrak Board Chairman and current Chairman of the National Corridors Initiative, is among 24 mayors nationwide tapped by the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) to serve on a special working group on the Main Street Economic Recovery Plan submitted to Congress and the incoming Obama administration.

Mayor Smith represents the smallest city in the group, which is chaired by Mayor Manuel Diaz of Miami.

“We are proud that our Chairman John Robert Smith has once again been tapped to lead at the national level,” said NCI President James P. RePass. “Mayor Smith has been our friend and has worked with us closely since 1994. His commitment to cities, and his deep understanding of the transportation systems that serve them and connect them, is an important element of our success.”

The USCM has been working for several months to put together a list of “ready to go” projects from its member cities around the country. Those projects would create jobs and rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. The conference has released two “ready to go” reports on jobs and infrastructure projects, garnered extensive media attention, met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and four House committee chairs, met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other key senators, and presented the Main Street plan to the intergovernmental transition team for the Obama administration.

“For the sake of the people of Meridian, I am honored to serve with this group,” said Mayor Smith. “Certainly, Meridian submitted our list of projects ready to go, and I’m pleased to have the opportunity to represent the interests of smaller cities as we move forward to develop an economic stimulus package that works for all of us.”

Mayor Diaz said the incoming administration has agreed to a meeting between the Obama economic team and the USCM group to discuss the mayors’ economic recovery plan.

“While we have made good progress, we have not received any commitments that our package will be the basis for the massive Economic Recovery Plan that President-elect Obama and Congress want in order to create 2.5 million jobs over two years,” said Mayor Diaz. “We have been told in our meetings in Washington that things are going to move quickly, so we must continue and strengthen our call for a plan that supports our nation’s metro economies.”

Other members of the working group include the mayors of some of the nation’s largest cities, including Denver, San Francisco, New York City, Chicago and Boston, plus the mayors of a number of mid-sized cities. Besides Meridian, the only other city under 50,000 on the panel is Newark, California.


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STOCKS...  Selected Rail Stocks...

Source: www.MarketWatch.com

   This
Week
Previous
Week
Burlington Northern & Santa Fe(BNI)73.6671.38
Canadian National (CNI)34.6633.14
Canadian Pacific (CP)32.1832.93
CSX (CSX)31.6031.85
Florida East Coast (FLA)62.5162.51
Genessee & Wyoming (GWR)28.6828.55
Kansas City Southern (KSU)19.0217.58
Norfolk Southern (NSC)44.5644.52
Providence & Worcester (PWX)10.9710.76
Union Pacific (UNP)46.2742.81


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ACROSS THE POND... Across The Pond...

By David Beale, NCI Foreign Correspondent

 

Russia Teams With Central Asian Countries
On North-South Transport Corridor

Russian Rail Operator RZD To Participate In Rail Corridor Link
Between Baltic Sea And Indian Ocean

According to the vice president of the company, Vadim Morozov, RZD – Russian Railways – is ready to participate in construction of the “North – South” international transport corridor. “At present, within the framework of the implementation of the railway route of the ITC North - South, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran began building along the eastern coast of the Caspian Sea the Uzen-Gorgan railway line, which will replace the existing longer route to Iran,” Morozov said.

“The construction of this route will make it possible for the first time in history to create a railway land bridge about 4,500 kilometers long from St. Petersburg to the port of Bandar Abbas (Iran) in the Persian Gulf and connect by a shorter way North-Western and Central Europe with countries of the Middle East and South Asia. This route will be used for organizing international container freight transport, and, according to experts, the market is estimated at 16 - 17 million tones,” Morozov stressed.

If completed, the rail corridor will become yet another of several emerging rail corridors linking Europe with central and western Asia which will provide alternatives to ocean shipping through the now-risky and pirate infested Gulf of Aden, as well as opening new rail corridors to India, Pakistan and far east Asia from Europe.

A pair of 2TE116 diesel electric locomotives

Photo by Vasily Turchenko

Train to the Gulf? A freight train east of St. Petersburg, Russia in September 2007 is hauled by a pair of 2TE116 diesel electric locomotives (a cousin of Deutsche Bahn’s 232 / V300 series of diesel locomotives inherited from East German state railroad Deutsche Reichsbahn) heads along a rail corridor that may become of a rail network reaching all the way to the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean.


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Britain’s West Coast Main Line (WCML) Renovation Completed

“WCML” Forms Backbone Of British Rail Network Between London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool And Glasgow

Source: BBC

MANCHESTER, UK – Passengers will enjoy a “huge benefit” after the completion of a decade-long project to rebuild Britain’s busiest railway corridor, network bosses have said. The £ 13 billion (US $20 billion) modernization of the West Coast Main Line, a mostly four-track rail corridor and a number of major branch and connecting lines linking London with Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow, is one of the biggest civil engineering enterprises in Britain for a decade.

Network Rail, the state owned track and rail infrastructure operator in Britain, says services will be improved and journey times cut by up to 30%. Starting Sunday (14th Dec.), there will be more than 1,100 extra trains running on the West Coast line each week, a 50% increase in trains to Manchester and Birmingham and services almost doubling at weekends.

The line, which is used by 75 million people a year, will also be able to carry tilting trains with speeds of 125mph. Virgin Trains is the biggest beneficiary, with the completion allowing it to run a third more trains. The fastest London to Glasgow journey time will take four hours 10 minutes.

Chief executive of Network Rail, Iain Coucher, said the travelling public and businesses would benefit. “What we’ve done this weekend is to raise the number of trains using it by another 1,000 a week. That gives an extra 60,000 seats on trains every day, particularly for those people going into London,” he said. “It’s a huge benefit to everybody using it.”

Alan McLane, from Virgin Trains, told the BBC the ability to run more trains would allow the firm to offer another 13 million seats a year. “We have been running at 125 mph on the West Coast mainline for the last four years,” he said.

“But other work had to be done before we could get the full benefits from the modernization of the route. We’re going through Rugby now at that speed instead of about 40. That’s a huge improvement.”

SCALE OF THE PROJECT

A Siemens Desiro UK diesel multiple unit train set in operation

Photo: Graham Williams

A Siemens Desiro UK diesel multiple unit train set in operation with British operator Trans Pennine Express Group stops next to a Virgin Trains Pendolino train set in Manchester Piccadilly station on the WCML rail network back in November 2008. The yellow painting on the front of trains is a government requirement in Britain, regardless of the rest of the paint scheme applied to the train. Other European governments such as Holland, Poland and Italy have somewhat similar requirements, which specify use of bright or light colors on the front of locomotives and trains to enhance visibility.


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Siemens Mobility And Deutche Bahn
Sign Contract For 15 ICE-3 Trains

Source: Hannover Allgemeine Zeitung (HAZ)

BERLIN – Confirming a story that NCI reported back on the 1st of Dec. (http://www.nationalcorridors.org/df2/df12012008.shtml#Deutsche), Deutsche Bahn (DBAG) and Siemens announced that the German rail operator will purchase an additional 15 ICE-3 train sets, marketed by Siemens under the brand name “Velaro,” in a contract valued at EUR 500 million (US $ 650 million). The first delivery of the 8-car long EMU train set is planned for mid 2011 with the final train set to be delivered about 12 months later. The new train sets will be capable of in-service speeds of 320 km/h, as is the current ICE-3 fleet.

DBAG already operates a fleet of 67 train sets of the ICE-3 variety, a number of which are multi-system international versions of the EMU, nearly identical to the 15 new train sets which DBAG will purchase from Siemens. DBAG chairman, Hartmut Mehdorn, stated that the newly ordered train sets will be used on international routes to France, Switzerland, Italy, and Belgium. One important difference from the current ICE-3 train sets will be the design of the wheel axles, in order to prevent cracking as well as the consequential frequent re-inspections that have hobbled the existing ICE-3 fleet.

Separately, Deutsche Bahn stated that it will announce within the 1st quarter of 2009 the winning proposal to supply the railway with up to 300 EMU train sets to replace most of the existing locomotive hauled IC and EC coaches and diner cars. The current IC and EC rolling stock consists of first class, diner and second class cars built by a wide variety of manufacturers during the 1970s through the early 1990s. Much of the fleet received a number of modifications in the past five years to make them capable of 200 km/h speeds, install digital electronic passenger information displays, improved high capacity heating and air condition systems and conversion of the lavatories to closed cycle vacuum operated toilets similar to ICE and more recently delivered RE and S-Bahn rolling stock. The vast majority of DB 101 series electric locomotives used to haul these trains will be subsequently re-geared for use as freight locomotives, a plan which DBAG has had in place since it first ordered the locomotives in the early 1990s.


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OBITUARY... Obituary...

Two Sad Losses This Week From The World Of Advocates For Better Transportation In America

Paul Weyrich

Transit Advocate Paul Weyrich,
Conservative Icon, Dead At 66

By DF Staff

WASHINGTON --- Long time conservative activist Paul Weyrich, a frequent NCI contributor and friend, and a strong voice for transit in the United States, died this past week at 66.

Paul Weyrich had been battling illness for many years, and had had his legs amputated to stem the disease, but finally succumbed to the complications of diabetes Thursday, December 18.

Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation, Paul Weyrich was a founder of the Heritage Foundation, and a major leader in the American political arena for three decades.

A deeply conservative man who founded his first organization in reaction to his anger at the news media for what he saw as biased reporting about conservatives and their values, he was also a staunch advocate of transit, and spoke at National Corridors Initiative conferences throughout the 1990’s and 2000’s. His most recent appearance was scheduled for January 2008 at the Carmichael Conference in St. Louis, but illness prevented his travel, and his remarks were delivered by APT President Richard Arena.

Paul Weyrich

Paul M. Weyrich served as Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation from 1977 to 2002. From 1989 to 1996, Mr. Weyrich served as President of the Kreible Institute of the Free Congress Foundation, responsible for training democracy movements in the states comprising the Former Soviet Empire. He was a founder and past director of the American Legislative Exchange Council, the founding president of the Heritage Foundation, and was National Chairman of Coalitions for America.

He has been married since 1963 to the former Joyce Smigun, was the father of five children, and served as a deacon in his church. Paul was waked Sunday, December 21st, at Holy Transfiguration Melkite Church, McClean, VA, with funeral services Monday, December 22nd beginning at 10:00 AM –also at Holy Transfiguration Melkite Church. Burial will be at Fairfax Memorial Park located at 9900 Braddock Rd in Fairfax, VA. The family has announced that any one who wishes to contribute to the memory of Paul Michael Weyrich may do so in the name of Holy Transfiguration Melkite Church.


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The Paul Weyrich I Knew

There is no doubt that Paul Weyrich was one of the leading conservative voices of the 20th Century, and founded more major organizations in his life than many people ever join. But his relationship to me began nearly two decades ago, when NCI was itself founded, and had to do with a shared belief that rail systems, both intercity and transit, had been badly neglected in America and needed to receive much more attention and support.

We became good friends over the years, and I could always count on Paul to speak at any conference or forum we were organizing. He was highly amused that our bi-partisan group put him on the same speaking agenda as other, very liberal speakers with whom politically he had little in common. One particular event in Washington that was especially memorable involved Paul and liberal icon and former Democratic Presidential Nominee Michael Dukakis, who not only both spoke at one of our conferences, but in fact appeared together with him on the same day at the same time – the first and only time, Paul remarked with a smile, that that had ever happened.

More recently, in November 2007, Paul emailed me in great consternation that the Bush Administration --- many of whose members had been beneficiaries of the conservative movement Paul had helped to develop --- had censored a pro-rail section he had written for The National Surface Transportation Policy Commission, despite its bipartisan adoption by the full board in a majority vote. Paul asked me to make that fact public in our newsletter Destination:Freedom, and to publish the censored section on line, which we did. We also as noted included him in the January 2008 Carmichael Conference in St. Louis, but he could not come in person.

Paul was a good friend and a dedicated ally, and never wavered from his views. He will be much missed.

--- Jim RePass, NCI


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UTU National Legislative Director James “Brokenrail” Brunkenhoefer Dies At 61

From the UTU

[ Jim “Brokenrail” was a frequent speaker and participant at NCI conferences, hosting our 2005 conference at UTU headquarters in DC, and a reliable friend
to all who believe in the future of rail transportation. We are deeply sorrowed at his sudden passing --- Jim RePass, NCI
]

James Brunkenhoefer WASHINGTON---UTU National Legislative Director James Brunkenhoefer died Friday, Dec. 19, at age 61 after suffering a stroke two days earlier. He also was a member of the UTU and United Transportation Union Insurance Association (UTUIA) boards of directors.

Affectionately known as “Brokenrail,” he was serving his fifth term as the UTU’s chief lobbyist and was one of the mostly widely recognized individuals on Capitol Hill.

UTU International President Mike Futhey said of Brokenrail’s passing:

“Our union lost a congressional lobbyist considered by his peers, by the lawmakers he lobbied, and by their senior staff as one of the most effective in Washington at his trade.

“Brokenrail prided himself on making friends for us on both sides of the congressional aisle. Whether explaining our issues to Democrats or Republicans, he was interested in only one result: Do they understand the issue from a UTU member’s perspective?

“He didn’t win all lawmakers over to our point of view, but he continued cultivating those who voted against us, recognizing that tomorrow is another day, and it is better to have friends in Congress than enemies.

“Brokenrail made for this union a lot of good friends in high places, which helped us to achieve many legislative and regulatory agency goals we might otherwise have failed to achieve. He will be sorely missed.”

James Brunkenhoefer was born July 23, 1947, in Texas, and began his railroad career in 1966 as a trainman for the Southern Pacific Transportation Co. on the Dallas-Sabine District. He was promoted to engineer in 1971, and held seniority in train and engine service crafts over those Union Pacific lines in Texas and Louisiana.

He was elected vice local chairperson of Local 83 in Houston in 1969. Brunkenhoefer also served the members of Local 83 as local president, local vice president, member of the local’s board of trustees, local chairperson, local legislative representative, delegate and special organizer. In 1980, he was elevated to alternate Texas state legislative director, and in 1982 assumed the full directorship of the Texas State Legislative Board.

At the UTU’s Fifth Quadrennial Convention in 1987, Brunkenhoefer was elected national legislative director, and was re-elected to that post at subsequent UTU conventions in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Sinkin, of McLean, Va.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages that contributions, in the name of James Brunkenhoefer, be made to So Others May Eat, 71 O Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 22, at Am Kolel Sanctuary in Rockville, Md., with burial to follow. For driving directions, click on the following link: http://www.sanctuaryretreatcenter.com:80/directions.html

If the time changes, an update will be provided on the UTU Web site at www.utu.org, and an e-mail alert will be sent to those signed up for UTU e-mail alerts. A memorial service in honor of James “Brokenrail” Brunkenhoefer will be scheduled and announced at a later date.


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EVENTS... Events...  

Special announcement:

Rod Diridon, Chair Emeritus of the California High Speed Rail Authority and Executive Director of the
Mineta Transportation Institute in San Jose, CA, will be our morning speaker. Mr. Diridon is diverting his
travel itinerary to stop in New London on his way to Washington, DC, in order to speak at this event.

 

We need you at. . .

 

A Regional Transportation Forum presented by
The Connecticut Chapter of the Sierra Club
and
The National Corridors Initiative

Friday, January 9, 2009, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Radisson Hotel, Governor Winthrop Boulevard, New London, CT

$25.00 Registration Fee

 

Let’s Get Going On Better Rail NYC to Boston and Beyond!

You’ll here from. . .

  • CT Asst. Maj. Leader David McCluskey
  • CT State Senate Pres. Don Williams (invited)
  • United States Senator Chris Dodd (invited)
  • RI Lt Governor Elizabeth Roberts (invited)
  • CA High Speed Rail Chair Rod Diridon
  • CLF of New Hampshire’s Tom Irwin
  • APT President Richard Arena
  • New London Main Street’s Penny Parsekian
  • NCI President Jim RePass
  • Tri-State Transportation’s Ryan Lynch
  • North-South Rail Link Chair John Businger
  • Connecticut Department of Transportation
  • Shore Line East Admin. Peter Richter
  • CT Transit’s Karen Burnaska
  • TrainRiders NE President Wayne Davis
Topics will include. . .

  • Expanded Shore Line East Service
  • Commuter Rail New London - Worcester
  • Working Together as A Region
  • High Speed Rail news national and internat’l
  • Access to the Region’s Core
  • Downtown Revitalization and Rail
  • Extending RI Commuter Service to Kingston
  • Getting ConnDOT to “fix it first”
  • New Haven / Hartford / Springfield commuter service and beyond
  • The North/South Rail Link Connecting North and South Stations
  • Creating a new Regionwide Rail System
  • The Downeaster: Connecting Southern and
              Northern New England by Rail

  • ... and more

RSVP: Molly McKay   mollymckay@nationalcorridors.org   (860) 536-5480

This forum will focus on the rail and transit projects in the Northeast that are “low-hanging-fruit,” and what we can do to help move them forward. We will explore how highways and rail are funded and how the current system has crippled transportation in America. There is opportunity NOW with a stimulus package being put together in Washington to demand action from our delegation by using that funding to improve and expand rail and transit systems.

To register, mail a check for $25.00 payable to:
National Corridors Initiative c/o Molly McKay, 8 Riverbend Drive Mystic, CT 06355

Or email or fax credit card information and authorization for $25.00 to: mollymckay@nationalcorridors.org, fax: 860-536-5482,
listing: Type of Card (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express), Name on Card,
Card Number, Expiration Date plus your mailing address, street, city or town, zip code, and telephone number.
And authorization in the amount of $25.00

Travelers’ Note: this hotel is within easy walking distance of New London Union Station and Intercity Bus Service.
The conference is scheduled to coincide with train schedules.

Co-sponsors to date:
Connecticut League of Women Voters, League of Women Voters of Southeastern Connecticut, New London Landmarks, New London Main Street, Conservation Law Foundation, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, CT Citizens Transportation Lobby


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END NOTES...  Publication Notes...

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