Largest passenger rail investment for the USA 

Bild: (c) IJsendoorn

$8.2 billion in new funding for 10 passenger rail projects nationwide across America was recently announced by the Biden administration. This will be the largest federal investment in passenger rail transportation since the creation of Amtrak in 1971.

$3 billion in new federal funding will go to the Las Vegas-Los Angeles rail line, about a third of the projected cost of the new Brightline West train line, which is expected to be completed before the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles. According to the company website, it is the “first true high-speed passenger rail system in the nation.” It will reportedly carry 11 million passengers and the trip will take 2 hours, which is half the time it takes to travel the same distance by car. 

Other passenger rail projects that will receive funding include the Los Angeles-San Francisco train, which will travel 220 miles per hour, a rail expansion between Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia. Other upgrades will take place in Pennsylvania, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana and other states.   

Bild: (c) IJsendoorn


Author: Sylvia Jacobs

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