Biden Announces New Funding For Amtrak Northeast Corridor

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Federal officials are announcing new funding for Amtrak’s passenger rail system and stressing the need for continued investment in America’s transportation infrastructure.

Vice President Joe Biden scheduled a stop Friday at the train station in Wilmington, Delaware, which bears his name, to announce new funding to improve infrastructure and efficiency along Amtrak’s busy Northeast Corridor.

Amtrak reported ridership of 11.7 million along the Northeast Corridor in fiscal 2015, a record high.

Biden was a frequent Amtrak rider during his more than 30 years in the U.S. Senate, commuting daily between his Wilmington home and Washington.

Last week, the Federal Railroad Administration awarded $25 million for 11 projects, including $2.6 million for the Northeast Corridor, to help implement Positive Train Control, an advanced technology aimed at preventing train collisions and derailments.

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