Railroad Day on Capitol Hill is approaching and I’m thinking about the journey the industry has been through since its inception.
In 1862, Congress passed the Pacific Railway Act, authorizing the construction of a transcontinental railroad—with four of the five transcontinental railroads built with government assistance.
By 1900, much of the nation’s railroad system was in place.
New settlements in the West provided economic opportunities that tied the country together.
And when the railroads were shut down during the historical Pullman strike of 1894, the country’s reliance on the railroad system was fully realized.
Railroad Day on Capitol Hill is an effective way to get the rail industry’s message to Congress, as well as the best opportunity for individuals to make their opinions known.
The government plays a critical role in how rail runs across America and rail actively works with the government to continuously improve infrastructure and maintain America’s veins.
If you have thoughts on how government and rail could work together better, don’t stay silent. Do something about it. Use your voice. Our democratic responsibility doesn’t end on election day. It’s ongoing. Below are some resources to help you get started.
What are your thoughts? Share them with me in the comments below.
Originally posted by Larry Jordan on Linkedin – 3/12/2021