Stimulus Bill Would Give Amtrak $1B, Transit $20B

Amtrak would get $1 billion and public transit agencies would receive $20 billion under a $2 trillion stimulus bill making its way through Congress the Rail Passengers Association reported.

The public transit aid would be broken down to $16 billion for urban transit systems and $4 billion for rural transit agencies.

Amtrak’s funding would be allocated at $492 million for the Northeast Corridor state-supported services and $526 million for the national network.

RPA said news reports indicate that as a condition of receiving aid Amtrak would be required to recognize unions, maintain worker benefits and provide unemployment assistance.

The money is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

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