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SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
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Printed for the use of the Committee on Government Opet Alippe
COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
JACK BROOKS, Texas, Chairman L. H. FOUNTAIN, North Carolina
FRANK HORTON, New York JOHN E. MOSS, California
JOHN N. ERLENBORN, Illinois
JOHN W. WYDLER, New York
CHARLES THONE, Nebraska
ROBERT W. KASTEN, JR., Wisconsin LEO J. RYAN, California
THOMAS N. KINDNESS, Ohio CARDISS COLLINS, Illinois
TOM CORCORAN, Illinois JOHN L. BURTON, California
DAN QUAYLE, Indiana RICHARDSON PREYER, North Carolina ROBERT S. WALKER, Pennsylvania MICHAEL HARRINGTON, Massachusetts ARLAN STANGELAND, Minnesota ROBERT F. DRINAN, Massachusetts
JOHN E. (JACK) CUNNINGHAM,
GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES AND TRANSPORTATION SUBCOMMITTEE
JOHN L. BURTON, California, Chairman GLENN ENGLISH, Oklahoma
CHARLES THONE, Nebraska
ARLAN STANGELAND, Minnesota
FRANK HORTON, New York
Miles Q. ROMNEY, Counsel
CYNTHIA M. MORA, Professional Staff Member
ELIZABETH L. WASSERMAN, Clerk
CECELIA MORTON, Clerk
Letters, statements, et cetera, submitted for the record by-
Caywood, James A., director, Northeast corridor improvement project,
definition of DCP's role as the NECIP construction manager .......... 80-123
The evolution of the implementation master plan, table
Hennessey, William C., commissioner, New York State Department of
.................. 168–169, 172
................ 165, 166, 180-210
NORTHEAST CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT
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THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 1978
Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 10:04 a.m., in room 2247, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. John L. Burton (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.
Present: Representatives John L. Burton, David W. Evans, Andrew Maguire, Robert S. Walker, and Arlan Stangeland.
Also present: Benjamin L. Palumbo, staff director; Miles Q. Romney, counsel; George E. Gudauskas, professional staff member; Bruce Ř. Butterworth, professional staff member; Elizabeth L. Wasserman, clerk; Cecelia Morton, clerk; and Rachel Halterman, minority professional staff, Committee on Government Operations.
Mr. BURTON. The Subcommittee on Government Activities and Transportation will come to order.
Today's hearing will look into the Northeast corridor improvement project.
Thank you for being here. We are here to examine reports that the Northeast corridor improvement project is on the verge of becoming another example of Government-raised expectations being sabotaged by Government mismanagement.
We have heard disturbing reports of confusion, duplication, endless delay, and still more study-all at multimillion dollar cost to the taxpayers. We have learned that a project conceived 15 years ago, analyzed in years past in great detail, passed into law in early 1976, and enjoying widespread public support, cannot meet its goal, its deadline, or its budget. This subcommittee, charged as it is with a mandate to assure that the Department of Transportation performs economically and efficiently, is here to find out why these problems exist.
As you know, the Department of Transportation is responsible for the Northeast corridor improvement project. The Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act, the so-called 4-R Act, set aside almost $2 billion to get the job done. A chief goal was a construction program designed to reduce the trip times between here and New York and New York and Boston by 1981.
Initial inquiries undertaken by this subcommittee to date raise serious questions about the possibility of these goals being achieved. In fact, we have found that the goal of rebuilding the corridor so the trip times can be met by 1981 has been virtually