Rep. Lipinski Celebrates Ribbon Cutting for New Amtrak Bike Service (September 15, 2015)
Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) and cyclists from around the area joined officials from Amtrak and the Active Transportation Alliance Monday night at Union Station in Chicago to cut the ribbon on Amtrak’s newly-equipped car for roll-on bike service.
A member of the Railroad Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and a life-long cyclist, Lipinski has been advocating for Amtrak to better accommodate cyclists on its trains. He has worked for Amtrak to develop roll-on bike service and build better connections to bike racks and bike sharing programs so that it can accommodate those who want to transport their bike for recreation, work, or both.
“Cycling is not only a personal passion for me, but it is something that simply makes sense to expand transportation options for Americans,” Rep. Lipinski said. “It is good for the health of our nation, the environment, the development of our communities, and is one of the keys to addressing the ongoing challenges that come with urban congestion. I’m pleased to see Amtrak working to incorporate and accommodate bikes. This effort is a great step towards growing ridership for Amtrak and helping cyclists tour the country and get to work.”
Congressman Lipinski was able to secure language in the Amtrak bill last Congress that directed the development of better bike connectivity, and this Congress he was able to add an amendment that requires Amtrak to consider non-motorized transportation, such as bicycles, in its study to improve boarding procedures at its stations. That bill passed the House earlier this year and the Senate has since passed its own bill that includes Lipinski’s amendment and report language.
“I’m hopeful that the House and Senate will be able to compromise between these two bills and pass something into law soon,” said Lipinski. “Amtrak needs to be able to plan its investments and I know everyone who bikes is eager for improved access. I look forward to seeing more of Amtrak’s lines adopt roll-on service and other cyclist-friendly procedures in the near future.”