Biden Announces Major Investment for Rail Projects

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( – On Monday, November 6, the Biden administration announced a $16.4 billion investment aiming to improve Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. President Joe Biden, who has been a long time user of Amtrak, has also noted that the investment was part of the bipartisan infrastructure law passed during the early months of his administration.

The funding, which is part of the $66 billion investment in rail, is going to be used for 25 passenger rail projects. The projects are a part of the efforts to have the United States improve its rail and bring it closer to being a “world-class passenger rail,” according to one official.

Ahead of the announcement, the official stated that Biden would be heading to Wilmington, Del., to give the news. Previously, the President disclosed that during his time serving as a Senator for Delaware, he had taken the Amtrak daily for decades as he would commute from his home state to Washington, D.C.

The infrastructure project includes rebuilding tunnels and bridges that are more than a century old, as well as upgrading the power systems, tracks, stations, and signals. It will also be used to move forward with other projects that are going to help improve travel times and will increase operating speeds while bringing down the number of delays.

The administration is also looking to ensure that the train system will become a more convenient way of traveling for users who would have otherwise chosen to drive or fly a certain distance. Officials have pointed out that the Northeast Corridor, which runs from D.C. to Boston, is the most traveled rail corridor in the country with around 800,000 trips being made daily.

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