RICHARD MUDGE, PH.D.
Former Chief of CBO Transportation Policy Group
Co-author of US Treasury report on economic impacts of large infrastructure projects (2016)
"RAILnet-21 should have both a positive economic impact and a positive budget impact. Potential economic gains reflect the common-sense conclusion that making it easier to travel along the East Coast and in the Midwest will provide economic and social benefits to the people and businesses located there. Positive budget impacts derive from following budget rules defined by the Congressional Budget Office. In sum, RAILnet-21 should help grow the economy, while decreasing the Federal budget deficit."