L.A. Area Chamber Visits U.S. Capitol to Promote Greater Use of Freight Rail Transportation for Moving Goods, Cargo


March 15, 2010 8:00 am

LOS ANGELES, CA — Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Immediate Past Chair, Fran Inman, traveled to Washington, D.C. to speak with California congressional leaders and their staff about the potential public benefits of expanding rail systems to move freight.

Ms. Inman joined a diverse coalition of business leaders, environmental and rail advocacy organizations in meetings asking for California congressional delegates to support balanced economic regulation of railroads and support HR 1806, the Freight Rail Infrastructure Capacity Expansion Act (FRICEA), which will provide targeted incentives for expanding freight rail capacity.

Congress members were receptive to the opportunities that rail can bring including alleviating highway traffic congestion from trucks carrying cargo as well as job growth and economic development.  FRICEA would provide much-needed targeted tax incentives for freight rail capacity expansion. It would also produce tremendous public benefits: reduced highway congestion, improved air quality, lower greenhouse gas emissions, better fuel efficiency and reduced cost to the taxpayer for highway construction and maintenance.  

Congresswomen Laura Richardson and Lucille Roybal-Allard committed to co-sponsoring FRICEA during the meetings and Representatives Ken Calvert and Brian Bilbray also expressed strong support.

The L.A. Area Chamber was pleased to be represented by Ms. Inman as a part of Go21's diverse national coalition of influential supporters that are working towards shaping the direction of important rail transportation policy.  The L.A. Area Chamber provided letters of support endorsing FRICEA and balanced regulation and Ms. Inman was able to hand-deliver these letters along with the other letters of support from influential California business organizations, environmental, labor groups, and elected officials during Hill meetings with key Congressional offices.

Ms. Inman is board member and immediate Past Chair of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, which has more than 1,600 members and represents more than 722,430 employees across 35 different industry sectors.  She directs all government relations and community affairs activities for Majestic Realty Co., one of the nation's largest privately-held, family-owned real estate development companies.  With a real estate portfolio totaling approximately 70 million square feet of commercial properties, Majestic Realty has offices in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Bethlehem, Dallas, Denver and Las Vegas.

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The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.

Go21 unites community leaders and organizations in support of a stronger economy, effective solutions to highway congestion, a cleaner environment, and improved quality of life by advocating increased use of freight railroad transportation.


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