Representatives Doyle and Lamb Introduce the Freight Rail Innovation Act
Washington, DC -- Today, Representatives Mike Doyle (PA-18) and Conor Lamb (PA-17) introduced H.R. 3409, the Freight Rail Innovation Act. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced companion legislation in the Senate. The bicameral legislation would establish a Freight Rail Innovation Institute, comprised of a university research partner and locomotive manufacturer, with the goal of developing zero-emission locomotives.
“Investing in innovative technologies like fuel cell locomotives and more efficient rail operations won’t just make our freight transportation sector the cleanest in the world, it will enable us to move more freight, grow our economy, and create thousands of new good-paying jobs,” Congressman Doyle said after the legislation was introduced.
"This legislation will invest in alternative energy freight rail technology and lower emissions, incentivize more and longer lasting private investment in energy solutions, contribute to research and development in Pittsburgh and create jobs in Southwestern Pennsylvania. I look forward to seeing its inclusion in future infrastructure legislation,” said Senator Casey.
The Freight Rail Innovation Act would carry out a research and development program to:
The legislation also includes Buy America and Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements for institute grant recipients, and requires a 50% non-federal match.
Click here to learn more about the Freight Rail Innovation Act.