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Congressman Boyle votes to pass the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015

March 6, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC- Today, Congressman Brendan Boyle (D-PA-13) voted for H.R. 749, the “Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015”. The bipartisan bill authorizes $7.2 billion for passenger rail service over the next four fiscal years and includes: 

•    $5.8 billion for grants to Amtrak- $1.9 billion for capital improvements to the Northeast Corridor, and $3.9 billion for long-distance and state supported passenger rail service
•    $1.2 billion for grants for States - which includes intercity passenger rail and service along the Northeast Corridor  
•    $96 million for the Amtrak Inspector General
•    Analyzes the implementation of non-stop, high-speed express passenger rail service between Washington, D.C. and New York City, and between Boston and New York City.

“This bill is extremely important to the continued economic growth of our country,” said Congressman Boyle, “and I will continue to fight for this critical financing of our crumbling transportation infrastructure.  It is essential to growing our economy and promoting responsible transportation options.  As an avid Amtrak rider I personally know how crucial it is to make these investments.”   

The passenger rail service, especially travel along the Northeast Corridor, is an important method of transportation for hundreds of thousands of people every single day and it is essential that we not only maintain those operations but that we also update them.” 

The bill was passed in the House by a vote of 316-101 and now moves to the Senate.