John Tracey of Pan Am Railways knows the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is working because he’s seen it firsthand.
Forty new employees have already joined the project he’s working on, extending Amtrak’s popular Downeaster service 30 miles north from Portland to Brunswick, Maine. The Downeaster project, supported by stimulus money, includes rehabilitation of rail and ties, upgrades to crossings and signals, and construction of passenger platforms in Freeport and Brunswick.
And, as John says, "These jobs created by the Recovery Act are good paying jobs, jobs with good benefits and a living wage."
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But the economic stimulus effects of the Recovery Act ripple far beyond the terrific benefit of direct jobs created. John knows that, "These are the jobs that will help support small business."
As one example directly related to the Downeaster project, John cites, "All the work that’s being done to our equipment, upgrading it with new parts, getting it ready to perform its duties, that’s all been part of the Recovery Act."
The Governor of Maine, John Baldacci, sees the ripple effects extending even further:
“Enhancing our infrastructure has never been more important. Expanded service benefits our economy. It will further encourage development in this region and stimulate jobs and investments. And working with all our partners, we will reach Brunswick and open the gateway for further expansion.”
Like John Tracey, I've seen the Recovery Act working for America. Everywhere I go, I see men and women on the job. I see equipment and supplies in great demand. And I see these good projects positioning communities for growth, for a 21st century economy.
As John says, "Critics of the Recovery Act should come to Maine, or any other construction projects that involve the Recovery, and they’ll see there’s a lot of good paying jobs and a lot of stimulus being created."