Sens. Blumenthal, Murphy hail $2.45B loan for Amtrak

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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy are welcoming news that Amtrak is receiving a $2.45 billion loan from the federal government to buy new trains, upgrade tracks and make platform improvements along the busy Northeast corridor.

The Connecticut Democrats called the loan a “much-needed down payment toward rebuilding our aging rail network.”

Blumenthal and Murphy said that while the Northeast Corridor is the engine that helps move the country’s economy, the passenger rail system seems stuck in the 19th century.

Vice President Joe Biden, a champion of rail travel, joined Amtrak officials and deputy transportation secretary Victor Mendez in making the announcement Friday at the Wilmington, Delaware, station named for Biden.

Biden called the loan “a really sound investment” and said the country can’t work without rail.
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