Feds Sending $1.7 Billion to Amtrak as Part of American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

An Amtrak train passes through New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 2018. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

The recently enacted $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 includes $1.7 billion for Amtrak.

According to federal officials, the railroad will use the funding to recall furloughed employees, restore daily long-distance service and help states make up lost revenue on state-supported routes.

The “stimulus” bill includes $43.2 billion “in resources for the [U.S. Department of Transportation] to continue its response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” the agency said in a news release.

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