US Senate approves $ 30 billion transport rescue plan

The U.S. Senate passed a revised version of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, providing $ 30.5 billion (about € 25.5 billion) in emergency transport funding and $ 1.7 billion for the passenger rail company Amtrak, reports Railway Supply magazine citing Railway Age.

US Senate approves $ 30 billion transport rescue plan
Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit

The bill, totaling $ 1.9 trillion, was passed by the US House of Representatives on February 27.

The current allocation for transport is higher than proposed in the previous version of the document. It is also more than what was included in President Joseph Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which was unveiled, on January 14 and supported a $ 20 billion investment to “protect future trasit”.

$ 26.09 billion will be used to cover operating costs and maintain public transport in urban areas. $ 2.21 billion for additional assistance, in particular to prevent staff cuts, is allocated. Railway passenger carrier Amtrak will receive $ 1.7 billion. This is $ 200 million more than was proposed in the original bill.

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