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Enviro-Mich message from Sally Billups <mec@voyager.net>
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PRESS RELEASE OF THE MICHIGAN ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL

FOR RELEASE ON:			  	CONTACT:    Sally Billups
February 19, 1998				    (517) 487-9539

ENVIRONMENTAL, INDUSTRY AND GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS 
PARTICIPATE IN HIGH-SPEED RAIL FORUM IN DETROIT

Detroit, Feb. 19 Ė The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) revealed
strong support for development of high-speed rail from Detroit to
Chicago during a congressional field forum in Detroit today, sponsored
by Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick.  

"We strongly support development of high-speed rail service between
Detroit and Chicago," stated Sally Billups, policy specialist at MEC, 
"because it could revitalize Detroitís downtown and reduce air pollution
and congestion." 

MEC joined industry, environmental and government organizations in the
forum to examine the impact high-speed rail service will have on the
economic vitality and environmental quality of the City of Detroit, the
State of Michigan and other areas of the Midwest.  

"High-speed rail in Michigan, the Midwest, and indeed throughout the
country, has the potential of decreasing road and air congestion,
lowering emissions, improving energy efficiency, and reducing our
dependence on imported oil," said Congresswoman Kilpatrick,  "as well
as, creating jobs and economic growth in connected cities."  

The forum is in anticipation of the forthcoming congressional debate on
the nationís major transportation law, the Intermodal Surface
Transportation and Efficiency Act (ISTEA).  ISTEA  expired and Congress
is now considering its reauthorization and revisiting the programs it
developed, including those involving high-speed rail.  ISTEA was an
important stimulus in the creation of the Midwest high-speed rail
network, which links Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis and Milwaukee.

Other participants of the forum included:    Southeast Michigan Council
of Governments (SEMCOG)
          U.S., Michigan and Detroit Departments of Transportation
          State Representative Keith Stallworth
          Federal Railroad Administration
          AMTRAK
          Michigan Association of Rail Passengers
          Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest 
          The Mayors of Wayne and Dowagiac
          High-Speed Ground Transportation Association
          Deleuw, Cather and Company

The forum was held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. today at the Cobo Center in
Detroit.

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Note: For a copy of MEC's testimony, please contact Sally Billups at
(517) 487-9539.

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