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Portrait of Senator Gary Wilken Session:
State Capitol, Room 514
Juneau, AK 99801-1182
Forwarded from FBX: 451-5501
Juneau Phone: (907) 465-3709
Fax: (907) 465-4714
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Sponsor Statement for SJR 38
Alaska Canada Rail Feasibility Study

A Resolution expressing support for a cooperative United States-Canada feasibility study on extending the North American rail system through British Columbia and the Yukon Territory to Alaska.
Updated: February 22, 2000

Senate Joint Resolution 38 shows support from the Alaska Legislature for a feasibility study to be conducted on the extension of the North American rail system through Canada to Alaska.

Railroads provide safe, cost-effective, and reliable long distance transportation. Allowing Alaska to be connected to the rest of North America by rail will lead to increased economic development for the people of our state.

Senator Frank Murkowski is committed to this project and is proposing legislation that would establish and provide funding for a bilateral commission to conduct this feasibility study. The study would determine the best route, identify markers, and estimate construction costs for the project.

SJR 36 will send a strong message in support of completing this feasibility study, the first step towards connecting Alaska to the rest of North America by rail.

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