Facts & Quotes

  • “This great work will immortalize the present authorities of NY, will bless their descendants with wealth and prosperity, and prove to mankind the superior wisdom of employing the resources of industry in works of improvement rather than destruction.” Thomas Jefferson upon receiving a commemorative medal upon the completion of the Erie Canal, 1826
  • “With the very future of federal investment in our transportation infrastructure in question, we’re standing at a generational crossroads, and we must think carefully before we choose a path.” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, July 21, 2011
  • “Railroad iron is a magician’s rod, in its power to evoke the sleeping energies of land and water.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles..." Orville Wright
  • “Technology is driving a transformation in how we control and manage air traffic. This transformation to NextGen will be dominated by interdependence, and it will come about because of collaboration..." Michael Huerta, Federal Aviation Administrator, October 3, 2012
  • “Federal investment in infrastructure is the necessary catalyst for future economic growth and to enable the private sector to effectively compete in the global economy. This investment is long overdue.” Richard Trumpka, President of the AFL-CIO
  • “Public transportation is a vital component of the nation’s total transportation infrastructure picture, and with ridership expected to grow, dependable public transportation systems will be vital to the transportation needs of millions of Americans.” Michael Melaniphy, President and CEO of the American Public Transportation Association, March 30, 2012
  • “Electrified trains are part of the future.” California Governor Jerry Brown, January 24, 2013
  • “You can go a day without a phone or TV. You can’t go a day without water.” George S. Hawkins, General Manager of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
  • “Our country has incredible renewable resources, innovative entrepreneurs, a skilled workforce, and manufacturing know-how. It’s time to harness these resources and lead in the global clean energy economy.” Secretary Steven Chu, Department of Energy