Former Congressman Nick Rahall Joins Eno’s Freight Working Group

Former Congressman Nick Rahall Joins Eno’s Freight Working Group

September 22, 2016  | Ann Henebery

The Eno Center for Transportation is pleased to announce the addition of former West Virginia Congressman Nick Rahall to its Freight Working Group. He will join former Senator Norm Coleman as co-chair of the group.

Congressman Rahall currently works with Cassidy and Associates, a government relations firm based in Washington D.C. The Congressman serves as a Senior Advisor to the firm, focusing primarily on issues related to natural resources, public lands, transportation and infrastructure.

Prior to joining Cassidy and Associates, the Congressman (from West Virginia’s 3rd District) served 38 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, during the entirety of which he served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and its predecessor, culminating as ranking minority member from 2011-2014. He was a key member of the House-Senate conference committees that drafted the 1987, 1991, 1998, 2005 and 2012 surface transportation authorization laws. He also served as chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee.

220px-nick_rahall_official“Congressman Rahall brings a wealth of knowledge and Hill experience to Eno’s Freight Working Group. His passion and enthusiasm for not just freight but the transportation industry as a whole will be invaluable for the Working Group.” said Eno President and CEO, Robert Puentes.

Minnesota Senator and Freight Working Group Co-Chair, Norm Coleman added, “Congressman Rahall will be an excellent addition to an already stellar group of experts from all areas of the freight industry. I very much look forward to co-chairing the Working Group with such an experienced leader.”

“I am excited to be joining Eno’s Freight Working Group. The work they have already done is very important and timely. I am looking forward to working with Senator Coleman, the Eno staff, and the Working Group members on all of their freight initiatives moving forward,” said Congressman Nick Rahall.

Former New Jersey Governor James Florio, one of the original co-chairs of Eno’s Freight Working Group, recently stepped down from his co-chair role. Congressman Rahall will be replacing him.

Eno’s Freight Working Group was formed in Fall 2014. The Working Group’s purpose is to bring together the industry’s top experts from all areas of freight to guide a policy conversation and find solutions to the nation’s most pressing transportation issues in freight. Previous work resulted in concrete recommendation for how to fund a multimodal freight program.

In May of 2016 the Working Group released its first reportDelivering the Goods: Recommendations for Funding a Federal Freight Program”. This report focuses on finding a funding source for expanding and improving the national freight program established by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The Working Group will continue to address some of the biggest public policy challenges facing the freight industry.

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