Virginians For High Speed Rail

High Speed Rail Quotes

“Passenger rail development takes time, but good things come to those who are patient and stay the course as we strategically advance our rail initiatives in Virginia.”
Thelma Drake
Director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation
April 2011 - The Virginia Pilot

"If we don't seize this future, how will America ever have the opportunity to lead the world in the 21st century?"
Joe Biden
Vice President, USA
February 2011 –

"This is a huge industry, and I think you'll see a lot more advocacy in the coming year."
"There's so much misperception about passenger rail. It's become us against them, and it shouldn't be. We need to make sure people talk to their Congressmen."
"It works everywhere else in the world."
Chuck Wochele
Alstom Transport vice president
February 2011 -

"Public infrastructure investment raises private-sector productivity…they literally are the veins and arteries of commerce."
Joe Biden
Vice President, USA
February 2011 - Washington Post

"This is a no-brainer for us. It is really all about jobs and growth and opportunities that can be created by building our infrastructure.”
Kim Scheeler
president and CEO of the Greater Richmond Chamber
January 2011 – Richmond Times Dispatch

[High Speed Rail] "will help accelerate job growth in an economy that is already beginning to grow,"
Barack Obama
President, USA
January 2010 –

“We will work with our federal partners to get high speed passenger rail built from Washington D.C to Richmond to Hampton Roads.”
Bob McDonnell
Governor, Virginia
2009 Gubernatorial Campaign–

"the federal government needs to become a part of the solution and that more money needs to be put into the high-speed rail system."
Robert Wittman
Represenative, Virginia 1st Congressional District
December 2007 - Stafford County Sun

"Harbor Park station will become a transit hub that eventually connects light rail to a high-speed rail line that would run to Richmond, Washington and beyond."
Paul Fraim
Mayor of the City of Norfolk, Virginia
December 2007 - Daily Press

"You have to begin to put the infrastructure in place to put in high-speed trains...It should be a national priority. If the French can do it, why can't we?"
Gordon Bethune
Fmr. chief executive of Continental Airlines Inc.