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Amtrak yesterday submitted its FY22 General and Legislative Annual Report and Five-Year Plan to Congress and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The railroad’s fiscal-year 2022 grant request proposes $3.88 billion for base needs and funding to offset the pandemic’s impacts on Amtrak and its state and commuter partners.
Also, Amtrak requested $1.55 billion for its “bold reauthorization proposal” to improve the railroad’s Northeast Corridor infrastructure and begin advancing new corridor routes across the nation.
"As Amtrak prepares to mark its 50th anniversary of service, we look forward to important milestones on the journey to a modern and growing passenger-rail network, such as the arrival of our new Acela and long distance diesel locomotive fleets and beginning work on the Portal North Bridge project of the Gateway Program in partnership with New Jersey Transit," Amtrak Chief Executive Officer Bill Flynn said in his letter to Congress.
With continued federal support of such investments, Amtrak can “play a central role” in helping the nation’s economy recover from the pandemic, reducing the nation’s carbon footprint and connecting underserved communities to the rest of the economy, Flynn added.
Amtrak’s legislative report can be read here.