November 13, 2020 - - Opinion - Bill Flynn, Tony Coscia -

After the most contentious election in recent memory, the results are finally in. We congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory and know that high on their agenda will be working together with Congress and both parties to solve the nation’s common challenges.

While gaining control of the pandemic must be the priority for us all, advancing infrastructure investment is a great place to start a path to the future. Boosting funding for America's passenger railways, in particular, would juice the economy, protect the environment, and empower workers.

President-elect Biden ran on an ambitious plan to improve and modernize America’s infrastructure, including our passenger rail system. And the House recently proposed an annual appropriation for Amtrak of $10.5 billion — enough to keep Amtrak running and Amtrak workers employed through the COVID-19 pandemic while investing in the future.

In poll after poll, Americans of all political stripes consistently favor increasing federal infrastructure investment, including transportation infrastructure.

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