Amtrak Gets Boost in FY2022 Budget

Amtrak will receive an increase in funding after Congress last week approved an appropriations bill for federal fiscal year 2022.

The $1.5 trillion government funding bill also enables federal agencies to begin spending money earmarked for programs in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

That includes $7.3 billion for a rail passenger grant program to be administered by the Federal Railroad Administration over the next five years.

The FRA is in the process of creating guidelines for the program which are expected to be released in late spring when state and local agencies will begin applying for grants from the program.

As for FY2022, Amtrak will receive $875 million for the Northeast Corridor and $1.4 billion for the national network. Those figures compared to $700 million and $1.3 billion respectively that was appropriated in FY2021.

The FRA received $241 million, the Federal-State Partnership program received $100 million and $625 was approved for Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements grants for FY2022

The budget bill also contains a $300,000 earmark to the City of Ypsilanti, Michigan, to construct a rail passenger station.

Located between Ann Arbor and Detroit, Ypsilanti is on Amtrak’s Chicago-Detroit (Pontiac) corridor but no Wolverine Service trains currently stop there.

Select Amtrak trains did stop in Ypsilanti, the home of Eastern Michigan University, between Jan. 20, 1975, and Jan. 13, 1984.

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