Relieving chokepoints and improving our transportation infrastructure for the future must be a national priority.
By 2050, the US will be home to 100 million more Americans--Americans who will all need to go to school, work, the doctor, and the grocery store. Americans who will put an even greater strain on our highways, byways, and railways, slowing our ability to move the goods that drive our national economy.
This growth will require our freight rail system to transport 4 billion more tons of freight annually than it does today.
That's the reason that Deputy Federal Railroad Administrator Karen Hedlund and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon broke ground yesterday for a new railroad bridge that will effectively eliminate one of the worst rail bottlenecks in the country.
The new Osage River Rail Bridge will carry more than 60 trains each day--both passenger and freight--on the Kansas City-St. Louis corridor.
This improved crossing will speed up travel for more than 600 Amtrak Missouri River Runner passengers who ride the route daily, creating faster, more convenient connections. It will also help get grains, raw materials, and finished products where they need to go more efficiently, providing a welcome boost to economic competitiveness for Missouri's farmers, manufacturers, and businesses.