President Biden announced $16 billion in new funding Monday for Amtrak and other agencies to revamp rail bridges, tunnels and stations on the busy Washington-to-Boston passenger corridor, part of an overhaul of service funded through the two-year-old infrastructure law.
About half the money will be shared by two projects to modernize infrastructure more than a century old: The Frederick Douglass Tunnel in Baltimore is in line for $4.7 billion and the Hudson River Tunnel between New Jersey and New York will get up to $3.8 billion.
Rail emerged as a major winner in the 2021 infrastructure law, backed by a president whose regular train travel earned him the nickname “Amtrak Joe.” Congress approved tens of billions in funding to update a passenger network that lags behind those in many European and Asian nations, even as some lawmakers have faulted the administration for being too focused on the Northeast, where the bulk of rail passengers live. It comes as a transportation funding bill being considered by House Republicans would reduce some rail funding.
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