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Coronavirus Resources for Transit and Intercity Rail

March 25, 2020

A resource page tracking financial aid for intercity rail operators and transit agencies, and potential projects to help get our economy back on track.

Aid for Intercity Rail Operators and Transit Agencies

The 28,000 members of the Rail Passengers Association are extremely appreciative of the resources Congress is providing for intercity rail operators and transit agencies in Phase 3 legislation currently being negotiated, which meet or exceed our COVID19 request. This financial aid includes:

Amtrak Grants - $1.018 billion

  • Northeast Corridor - $492 million;

  • National Network - $526 million;

    • State Supported Corridors: $239 million

Mass Transit Grants - $25 billion

  • Urban Area - 13.9 billion

  • Rural Area - $1.8 billion

  • State of Good Repair - $7.6 billion

  • Fast-Growth & High-Density State - $1.7 billion

We’re actively tracking any additional needs on this page, and look forward to working with Congress to ensure that these systems are able to return to full service once travel restrictions are eventually eased.

Investing in Passenger Rail for Economic Recovery

Rail Passengers believes that intercity passenger rail and transit have an important role to play in getting our economy back on track. As Congress considers further phases of coronavirus response, we will be developing a list of shovel-ready rail projects that are able to move quickly if funding becomes available. These projects will get Americans back to work by creating construction and manufacturing. They are also investments in a better, more efficient U.S. transportation system that will return dividends for generations to come.

State Project List

Total Project Cost (millions)

Federal Funds Needed (millions)

Location

Construction Duration (years)

Impacted Region

Long Bridge Project

$1,900

$1,520

DC, VA

5

Mid-Atlantic

California High-Speed Rail - Phase 1 System

$77,300

$53,000

CA

13

Southwest

Housatonic Line Project

$400

$360

MA

2

Northeast

East-West Rail Link

$3,000

$2,500

MA

6

Northeast

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Amtrak Project List

Federal Share Total
Project
Cost
Amtrak
FY20-FY25
Budgeted
Amount
Remaining
Federal
Funds
Needed
Location Construction
Start
Date
Construction
Duration
(years)
Impacted
Regions
Rolling Stock
Amfleet I Replacement $2.000B $2.000B $1.200B $800M N/A 2020 5 to 10 Systemwide
NEC $900M $900M $540M $360M
State Supported 1,040M 1,040B $624M $416M
Long Distance $60M $60M $36M $24M
Superliner and Amfleet II Replacement $2.000B $2.000B $2.000B N/A Mid-2020s 4 to 8 Systemwide
Diesel Locomotive Replacement Approx. Approx. $469M (includes payments made to date) Approx. N/A Underway 5 to 8 Systemwide
(base order plus options) $1.500B $1.500B $1B
Additional Fleet for New Corridors (for FY21-FY25 routes) $510M $510M $510M N/A Mid-2020s 5 to 10 Systemwide
Additional Fleet for New Corridors (for FY26-FY35 routes) Approx. Approx. Approx. N/A Mid-2020s 5 to 10 Systemwide
$3.500B $3.500B $3.500B
Bridges & Tunnels
Portal North Bridge $977.0M $1.8B $325.0M $703.0M Northern New Jersey 2020 6 Northeast, South & Midwest
East River Tunnel Rehab $250.0M $750.0M $556.0M ($153.0M) New York, NY 2024 4 Northeast, South & Midwest
Hudson Tunnel Project $6.4B $12.7B $601.0M $6.0B New Jersey/ New York 2019 11 Northeast, South & Midwest
Sawtooth Bridge $800.0M $1.6B $83.0M $717.0M Northern New Jersey 2022 5 Northeast, South & Midwest
B&P Tunnel $3.6B $5.0B $357.0M $3.0B Baltimore, MD 2020 12 Northeast, South & Midwest
Susquehanna River Bridge $1.4B $1.7B $251.0M $1.3B Havre de Grace, MD 2024 6 Northeast, South & Midwest
Pelham Bay Bridge $410.0M $410.0M $35.0M $511.0M New York, NY 2025 5 Northeast
Connecticut River Bridge $470.0M $660.0M $326.0M $214.5M Old Saybrook, CT 2024 6 Northeast
Stations & Facilities
Washington Union Station Expansion Project $3.5B $7.0B $135.6M $3.4B Washington, 2025 11 Northeast, South & Midwest
D.C.
Washington Union Station Near-Term Improvements $323.5M $323.5M $323.5M Washington, 2018 8 Northeast, South & Midwest
D.C.
Philadelphia Intermodal Station Connector $60.0M $60.0M $60.0M Philadelphia, 2026 2 Northeast, South & Midwest
PA
Baltimore Penn Station Concourse Expansion $70.0M $70.0M $40.0M $30.0M Baltimore, 2023 2 Northeast, South & Midwest
MD
Chicago Union Station (CUS) Critical Façade Repairs $10.0M $10.0M $10.0M Chicago, IL 2020 1 Midwest & Systemwide
CUS Concourse Improvements $22.4M $30.0M $22.4M Chicago, IL 2021 2 Midwest & Systemwide
CUS Ventilation Improvements $300.0M $300.0M $300.0M Chicago, IL 2023 5 Midwest & Systemwide
CUS Platform Expansion $400.0M $400.0M $400.0M Chicago, IL 2023 5 Midwest & Systemwide
(1/3, 2/4, 6/8, 10/12)
Platform Heating (sys­temwide where relevant) $35M $35M $35M $35M Systemwide 2020 6 Systemwide
Vertical Transportation Monitoring System $10M $10M $10M $10M Systemwide 2020 5 Systemwide
Austin, TX Station Rebuild $11.5M $19M $11.5M $7.5M Austin, TX 2020 2 South
Bryan, OH Station Construction $2M $3M $2M $1M Bryan, OH 2020 2 Northeast & Midwest
Elko, NV Trackwork and Station Improvement $6.3M $15M $6.3M $8.7M Elko, NV 2019 2 West
Atlanta, GA Station Relocation $20M $30M $20M $10M Atlanta, GA 2022 3 South
Lancaster, PA Station Improvements $0.4M $30M $0.4M $29.6M Lancaster, PA 2023 4 Northeast
Fl. Station Improvements (MIA-WPB, ORL) $2.0M $2.0M $0.00 $2.0M Florida 2021 4 Florida
Infrastructure
Network Hub Improvement $1.88 $1.875B $0.00 $1.88 Chicago, IL 2021 5 Midwest
Safety, Security & Accessibility
ADA Compliance $1.2B $1.2B $544M $656M Systemwide 2017 10 Systemwide
PTC and PTC Equivalent TBD ~$300M $34 $266M Systemwide 2019 6 Systemwide
New or Improved Corridors
Corridor Development $10-15B $10-15B $0.00 $10-15B Systemwide 2021 15 Systemwide

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