AMTRAK NATIONAL ROUTE NETWORK BENEFITS FROM NEW FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN PASSENGER RAIL

AMTRAK NATIONAL ROUTE NETWORK BENEFITS FROM NEW FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN PASSENGER RAIL
Over half of $8 billion in grants for state projects

will improve current or future Amtrak routes

WASHINGTON – 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

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.

In addition, the Amtrak-owned Northeast Corridor (NEC), North America’s only current

high speed route with trains that operate at 150 mph every day, will benefit from nearly $500

million in state-led improvements funded by these grants. Coupled with the nearly $700 million

Amtrak is currently investing in the NEC, Amtrak and the states are supporting the largest

program of upgrades on the NEC in over a decade.

Further, these grants will help fund new services or service extensions that may be

operated by Amtrak, including an extension of Amtrak’s

Maine, and the development of the Ohio “3-C” corridor, connecting Cleveland, Columbus and

Cincinnati.

Amtrak also applauds the Administration’s decision to provide $3.5 billion in grants to

California and Florida for the development of new, dedicated high speed rail systems. These

new systems will showcase the tremendous value that intercity passenger rail service can bring to

America’s transportation system. We look forward to opportunities to work with those states on

the development of these systems and the integration of these systems into the national network

of intercity passenger trains.

Downeaster Service to Brunswick,About Amtrak

As the nation’s intercity passenger rail operator, Amtrak connects America in safer, greener and

healthier ways. Last fiscal year (FY 2009), the railroad carried 27.2 million passengers, making it

the second-best year in the company’s history. With 21,000 route miles in 46 states, the District

of Columbia and three Canadian provinces, Amtrak operates more than 300 trains each day—at

speeds up to 150 mph—to more than 500 destinations. Amtrak also is the partner of choice for

state-supported corridor services in 15 states and for several commuter rail agencies. Visit

Amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and more information.

Amtrak.com

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