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Sat May 1, 2021, 08:13 AM

Biden calls for more cash, new routes for Amtrak, on its 50th birthday

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Source: Politico

President Joe Biden celebrated Amtrak‘s 50th birthday Friday by calling for its routes to be expanded, including the creation of high speed rail service between Charlotte and Atlanta, and a significant increase in funding for the railroad.

More service: During a speech at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, Biden touted his American Jobs Plan, which calls for an unprecedented $80 billion investment in rail, the lion's share of which would benefit Amtrak. He also rattled off a list of new city pairs that could be created with that ambitious pot of money.

“Imagine a two-hour train ride between Atlanta and Charlotte going at speeds of 220 miles an hour,“ Biden said. “A two-and-a-half hour trip between Chicago and Detroit. Or faster and more regular trips between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, a route that I imagine could be pretty popular on Fridays.”

He noted that these are some of the services he had hoped could be built years ago when, as vice president for President Barack Obama, he wrote the White House's budget request for Amtrak.




Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/04/30/biden-amtrak-birthday-485130

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 08:19 AM

1. I wonder if we'll see increased rail service for city commuters.

The day to day people wanting to ditch their cars.

I'd love to see the new trains be all electric.

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Sat May 1, 2021, 09:06 AM

2. duplicate post

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Sat May 1, 2021, 10:09 AM

3. Brooklynite, this is another obvious dupe.

Please check for dupes when starting a thread in LBN. It splits up discussion of important news, which is frustrating to DUers who post in your duplicate threads thinking they’re the main discussion thread, only to find them locked later.

Please cooperate with DU posting rules. If you read an article that you believe adds important new information on a topic that was already posted, you can add it to that first thread as part of the discussion.

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