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Proposal ID663
Proposal2012 Platform amendment proposal: Transportation - VA
PresenterPlatform Committee Sponsored by GPVA
Floor ManagerBudd Dickinson
Discussion05/08/2012 - 05/20/2012
Voting05/21/2012 - 05/27/2012
Presens Quorum31 0.6666
Consens Quorum36 0.6666 of Yes and No Votes


To end the dependence of passenger trains upon the grudging cooperation of for-profit freight railroads. Changes in freight service have caused some Amtrak routes to be delayed or eliminated. If a local transit agency is in a position to maintain the track, that is preferable to ownership by Amtrak, a single carrier whose management is not directly responsible to the general public.


Add as III. D. 2. g. of the GPUS platform:

"Transfer ownership and operation of all intercity railroad trackage currently under control of freight railroads to responsible and adequately-funded public agencies, as is done with highways, to provide for efficiency and safety of all rail traffic."


IMPLEMENTATION: Approval of this proposal will amend the 2012 Draft Platform, to be presented for approval at the 2012 Presidential Nominating Convention

CONTACT: Jan Martell, co-chair, 919-682-2472,
Bruce Hinkforth, co-chair, 262-569-1370,
Section editor: Michael Canney,


2010 Platform:
Proposition 636:

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