The keynote speaker was Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff. Rather than lay out a bold vision for a massive infrastructure building program for mass transit that could create millions of direct and indirect jobs and create a new, sustainable future for the United States, Rogoff told the conference:
At times like these, it's more important than ever to have the courage to ask a hard question: If you can't afford to operate the system you have, why does it make sense for us to partner in your expansion? . . . .Might it make more sense for us to roll up our sleeves and target our resources on repairing the system we have?Here is the complete, short article from Rail News.