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Amtrak in the infrastructure bill: $66 billion in new funding and an adjusted mandate

(Source: New York Times, August 2, 2021)

NEW YORK — The bipartisan infrastructure bill includes $66 billion in new funding for rail to address Amtrak’s maintenance backlog, along with upgrading the high-traffic Northeast Corridor from Washington to Boston. It also proposes several changes to the legal mission of Amtrak, which rail experts hailed as a win for passenger rail. The bill includes new language that would change Amtrak’s goal to “meet the intercity passenger rail needs of the United States” rather than achieving “a performance level sufficient to justify expending public money.”

Full story: New York Times

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

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