Over Half of High-Speed Rail Funding Will Improve Amtrak Routes

The Amtrak national route network is a significant beneficiary of President Obama’s historic federal investment in intercity passenger rail as approximately $4.5 billion of the $8 billion awarded in grants are for state projects that support improvements to current or future Amtrak routes.

“Amtrak is a major part of the future of intercity passenger rail in America,” said Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman.  “We are eager to work with our state partners to move these projects forward as quickly as possible.”

The federal investments in state projects will mean higher speeds, reduced trip times, additional frequencies, improved facilities, and greater reliability for Amtrak services around the country, impacting at least 13 current Amtrak routes.

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Click here to read the High-Speed Rail overview from Amtrak.