Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Baltimore Congressional Delegation today announced $8 million in federal funding to upgrade Amtrak’s primary line in Baltimore, a critical hub for commuters and travelers.
Funding comes from the 2019 Federal-State Partnership for the State of Good Repair Program and follows a strong push by the Baltimore Delegation to support this project.
The funds will help upgrade a 5-mile section of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor (NEC) mainline near Baltimore to allow for faster travel, fewer bottlenecks and a better ride experience for passengers. The project will make vital infrastructure improvements and spur economic development in this priority region.
“The Northeast Corridor is the backbone of our region’s rail transit network, and Baltimore serves as a crucial hub for commuters and travelers alike,” the Members said. “These much-needed upgrades will help ensure Amtrak’s safety and efficiency, while also encouraging economic development in the area. We were proud to fight for this funding and will continue working to secure federal investments in Amtrak to help it weather COVID-19, continue serving and employing our residents and drive economic opportunity for our state.”
The Federal-State Partnership for the State of Good Repair Program accounts for nearly $400 million in grants allocated across the country. Per the Federal Railroad Administration, the program sought applications for projects to repair, replace or rehabilitate qualified railroad assets to reduce the repair backlog and improve intercity passenger rail performance.