When President Biden unveiled his critical infrastructure plan last week, the proposal goes beyond repairing a broken bridge. And for those who want America to have a stronger passenger rail network, this gives them new hopes.
Biden’s $ 2 trillion infrastructure package contains two provisions related to passenger trains: $ 85 billion to modernize public transport. (Passenger trains, buses, stations, etc.) and $ 80 billion to improve and expand the nation’s passenger and freight rail network.
“You and your family can travel along the coast without a single tank of gas on a high-speed train,” Biden said in a planned release.
But this idea is not just for a great family trip. But improved rail infrastructure and services must also be used to mitigate problems such as traffic and air pollution, as well as improve access to jobs. Transportation is the United States’ largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
“America’s recruitment plan will create new railways and transport routes, reduce congestion, reduce pollution, reduce commuting times and open up investments in communities that connect cities and towns to suburbs where jobs are heavy,” he said. Nowadays, it will reduce trade bottlenecks at our ports and airports, ”Biden said.
The White House said that investment in the railways would “Addressed Amtrak’s backlog, renovating corridors in the heavy traffic northeast, improving existing corridors and connecting new city pairs, and improving funding and loan programs that support safety, efficiency and energy use.” Passenger electricity and cargo rail ”
Amtrak responded quickly with enthusiasm to Biden’s plans, with a map and a vision of what the expanding U.S. rail network will be like by 2035.
The proposed changes will mean 30 new routes and an additional journey out of the 20 existing routes. It is estimated that more than 20 million people served, more than 32 million people riding the Amtrak in fiscal year 2019.
It shows a potential new service line: a new railroad connecting all of Texas’ largest cities and new connections across the Midwest, including between Cincinnati, Columbus, Ohio. And Cleveland In the southeast there are several new lines. Stretching from Atlanta to Chattanooga and Nashville, Tenn, Savannah, Georgia and Montgomery, Ala.
It will be available to all states in the contiguous United States. But South Dakota, a truth that has inflicted anger on the Christeneum government, who criticized the infrastructure package.
Amtrak said better train service means “Clean air, less traffic and happier people” pointed out the inequality resulting from the country’s current disorderly rail service: “the largest metropolitan area. And the fastest growing in many countries with diverse populations There is no train service they deserve. ”
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Cities such as Houston, Atlanta and Cincinnati currently offer boneless Amtrak services, with trains only stopped once a day and often in the middle of the night in major cities like Las Vegas. Nashville, Columbus and Phoenix do not offer Amtrak at all.
And that little bit of happiness? Amtrak noted that in some cities, people spend more than 80 hours a year in traffic. “Population growth would make this much worse if there were no better alternatives, such as rail systems,” he warned.
Across the country, local news delves into what the expanding train might mean to their community.
“Direct rail service between Raleigh and Richmond – and many other cities, a new passenger line that runs to the North Carolina coast and to the mountains of the state,” Raleigh, NC’s. News and observers write
“The future for passenger rail connections between Baton Rouge and New Orleans has been encouraged this week,” wrote. New Orleans supportNoting that the last passenger train serving Baton Rouge ended its service in 1969.
“Amtrak may soon have money to install a new rail line between Las Vegas and Los Angeles.” Reno Gazette-Journal say.
“President Joe Biden’s infrastructure improvement plan will bring Amtrak passenger services back to Phoenix for the first time in decades,” noted NPR station member KJZZ.
And on Twitter, people started posting messages about the railroads they wanted. like To see It’s like a direct route from Ohio to Florida.
Before any of these things happen, the infrastructure bill goes through Congress. Both the House and Senate are working on infrastructure bills, which are expected to include what the administration has to offer. But the process is not clear.
For those looking for an alternative to cars, the president’s well-known historical proposal on his former daily commute by Amtrak from his home in Wilmington, Dale to DC is what they’ve been waiting for.
“President Biden’s plan will revolutionize the way Americans travel and eventually launch US passengers into the 21st century,” said Jim Mathews, president and CEO of the Rail Passengers Association.