Amtrak will propose up to 30 existing routes as well as extensions on up to 20 new routes and daily trips in 15 more states by 2035 as part of President Biden's$ 2.5 billion infrastructure plan.
The president proposes$ 80 billion to address the backlog of Amtrak and modernize the Northeast Corridor that connects Wilmington, Delaware and New York City, as well as Biden's hometown of Washington and New York City.
The Infrastructure Plan of President Biden is what the nation has been waiting for. Amtrak must rebuild and improve the Northeast Corridor and our National Network and expand our service to more America, Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn said in a Wednesday statement. The NEC's many major tunnels and bridges, most of which are more than one century old, must be upgraded and replaced to avoid devastating consequences for our transportation network and the country.
Amtrack also has a bold vision to bring energy-efficient, world-class intercity rail service to up to 160 new communities across the nation, as we invest in our fleet and stations across the United States, Flynn said, adding that the federal investment will create new jobs and improve equity across cities, regions and the entire country.
The passenger service also plans to carry 20 million more passengers than the 35 million served in the Fiscal Year 2019 and 160 communities, according to a fact sheet.
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In its fact sheet, the railroad outlines what it needs from Congress, noting that around the world, other governments have provided substantial funds in order to support passenger rail.
Increased funding will support new and improved corridor routes. Beyond money, the service needs what it calls Fair Access to freight rail lines to determine capacity improvements.
In addition, Amtrak seeks new enforcement tools that give its passenger rail service priority over freight to ensure our riders arrive on time.