DOT Locks in $745 Million Award for Amtrak

Amtrak and the Department of Transportation finalized agreements to spend $745 million to improve on-time passenger rail performance on the Northeast Corridor, a busy track zone often shared with freight traffic.

The money is part of $2 billion that was rejected earlier this year by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who turned down federal funds for building a bullet train passenger service between Tampa and Orlando. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood redistributed the funds in May among 15 states and Amtrak.

In all, Amtrak nabbed $795 million of the former Florida money for its Northeast Corridor, the most heavily used section of track in its system. That lane runs between Washington, D.C., and Boston, where travelers often use Amtrak in lieu of taking air or highway trips.



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