Amtrak Northeast Corridor projects get $16B in federal funding

The Federal Railroad Administration announced $16.4 billion today for 25 passenger rail projects along the Boston-New York City-Washington, D.C. route known as the Northeast Corridor.

The funding will make the nation’s “busiest passenger railroad safer, faster, and more reliable, which means fewer delays and shorter commutes for the 800,000 passengers who rely on the Northeast Corridor every day,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in a statement.

The designated projects include the Hudson River Tunnel construction and renovation program, which carries trains to and from Manhattan, as well as construction of a new tunnel in Baltimore to replace a 150-year old tunnel that is a bottleneck for Amtrak intercity trains and Maryland commuter trains.

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