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NORTHEAST CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT PROJECT,

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SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE

COMMITTEE ON
GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
NINETY-FIFTH CONGRESS

SECOND SESSION,

JUNE 15 AND 19, 1978 W

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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
DANTE B. FASCELL, Florida

JOHN W. WYDLER, New York
WILLIAM S. MOORHEAD, Pennsylvania CLARENCE J. BROWN,
BENJAMIN S. ROSENTHAL, New York PAUL N. MCCLOSKEY, JR., California
FERNAND J. ST GERMAIN, Rhode Island GARRY BROWN, Michigan
DON FUQUA, Florida

CHARLES THONE, Nebraska
JOHN CONYERS, JR., Michigan

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,
BARBARA JORDAN, Texas

Washington
GLENN ENGLISH, Oklahoma
ELLIOTT H. LEVITAS, Georgia
DAVID W. EVANS, Indiana
ANTHONY MOFFETT, Connecticut
ANDREW MAGUIRE, New Jersey
LES ASPIN, Wisconsin
HENRY A. WAXMAN, California
JACK HIGHTOWER, Texas
JOHN W. JENRETTE, JR., South Carolina
FLOYD J. FITHIAN, Indiana
MICHAEL T. BLOUIN, Iowa
PETER H. KOSTMAYER, Pennsylvania
TED WEISS, New York

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GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES AND TRANSPORTATION SUBCOMMITTEE

JOHN L. BURTON, California, Chairman GLENN ENGLISH, Oklahoma

CHARLES THONE, Nebraska
RICHARDSON PREYER, North Carolina ROBERT S. WALKER, Pennsylvania
DAVID W. EVANS, Indiana

ARLAN STANGELAND, Minnesota
ANDREW MAGUIRE, New Jersey
ANTHONY MOFFETT, Connecticut
JACK HIGHTOWER, Texas
FLOYD J. FITHIAN, Indiana

EX OFFICIO
JACK BROOKS, Texas

FRANK HORTON, New York
BENJAMIN L. PALUMBO, Staff Director

Miles Q. ROMNEY, Counsel
BRUCE R. BUTTERWORTH, Professional Staff Member

CYNTHIA M. MORA, Professional Staff Member
GEORGE GUDAUSKAS, Professional Staff Member

ELIZABETH L. WASSERMAN, Clerk

CECELIA MORTON, Clerk
RACHEL HALTERMAN, Minority Professional Staff

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CONTENTS

Hearings held on-

Page

June 15 ...

June 19 ...

141

Statement of-

Caywood, James A., director, Northeast corridor improvement project,

De Leuw, Cather/Parsons & Associates; accompanied by Richard P.

Howell, deputy project director for engineering; Joseph Volpe, senior vice

president; Ralph M. Parsons Co.; and Charles Lutman, deputy project

director for management, De Leuw, Cather/Parsons & Associates ...........

Reistrup, Paul H., former president, National Railroad Passenger Corpora-

tion (Amtrak); accompanied by Robert Lawson, vice president and chief

engineer; and Kenneth Lyons, managing director, procurement ...............

Sawyer, Kenneth T., former project director, Federal Railroad Administra-

tion

Sullivan, John M., Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration; ac-

companied by Louis S. Thompson, Director, Northeast corridor improve-

ment project; and David Gedney, Associate Director, Northeast corridor

improvement project, Office of Engineering ........

230

Letters, statements, et cetera, submitted for the record by-

Caywood, James A., director, Northeast corridor improvement project,
De Leuw, Cather/Parsons & Associates:
Copies of letters to FRA regarding FRA/Amtrak contract and lack of

definition of DCP's role as the NECIP construction manager .......... 80-123
Fiscal year 1977 Amtrak construction, table ...

... 36
List of bridges that are marginal ...

..... 71-76
Material relative to the hearings

44-66
Number of subcontractors currently under contract by DCP ............ 128–129

The evolution of the implementation master plan, table

Gedney, David, Associate Director, Northeast corridor improvement proj-

ect, Office of Engineering: Negotiation of Article XIV, Protection Against

Third Party Liability in Letter Contract DOT-FR-76048, De Leuw, Cath-

er/Parsons (DCP) ..............

............................. 262-264

Hennessey, William C., commissioner, New York State Department of
Transportation: Prepared statement

...... 351-353
Reistrup, Paul H., former president, National Railroad Passenger Corpora-
tion (Amtrak):
Amtrak award identification data ....

229-230
Data concerning Bechtel audit ....

161, 170
FHWA audit report information ......

.................. 168–169, 172
Information concerning procurement matters

167-168
Information regarding construction capabilities

.... 150-151
Leased equipment data.

................ 165, 166, 180-210
Spare parts information .......

.......... 160
Priorities submitted to DOT that should be worked on ........... ...... 214-219

Sullivan, John M., Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration:

Feeder line cost estimate ..................

270

Material relative to the hearings .............

...... 282-350

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NORTHEAST CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT

PROJECT

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THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 1978
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES AND

TRANSPORTATION SUBCOMMITTEE
OF THE COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS,

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

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