States stand to realize valuable benefits from the National Gateway. New jobs, increased tax collection, improved railway reliability, and the diversion of heavy trucks from crowded commuter highways will lead to reduced emissions and highway maintenance costs and improved road safety. Passenger rail in urban areas where Amtrak and commuter rail service are heavily utilized should also experience increased service reliability as a result of less-congested rail lines.
While the route structure is already in place, the National Gateway will provide the necessary capacity, facilities, and equipment for highly efficient, environmentally friendly advanced rail service. Funding for development will come from both public and private sources, with public benefits of $36 expected for every $1 of public money invested.
Expanding capacity on our nation’s railways will bolster environmental health, promote economic growth, create jobs, and reduce highway congestion.