WASHINGTON – On Oct. 4, 2017, Amtrak unveiled the “Ready to Build” campaign, which includes a series of short films showcasing five critical investments that are vital to the realization of a renewed, modern passenger rail system.
The campaign emphasizes needed investments in infrastructure along the busy Northeast Corridor (NEC), where the majority of Amtrak-owned assets are located. The NEC carries 260 million intercity and commuter customers each year and growing. However, demand for passenger rail service continues to outpace investment, resulting in a backlog of more than $38 billion of deferred capital investments that risks future service expansion and reliability.
“The NEC is a central artery for the greater Northeast, which generates 20 percent of U.S. gross domestic product and is one of the country’s principle economic engines. These major projects are critical to keeping people, the economy and the nation moving forward.” – Amtrak co-CEO Wick Moorman
One focus of the campaign is Amtrak’s advancement of plans to redevelop and improve the busiest stations where it has an ownership interest. By leveraging public-private partnerships, economic development opportunities are created for these cities and Amtrak generates new revenue sources to invest back into infrastructure. Featured stations include New York Penn Station and its new counterpart at Moynihan Station, William H. Gray III 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, Baltimore Penn Station, Washington Union Station and Chicago Union Station.
Amtrak and its state and federal partners have started the planning and regulatory reviews required for these complex, multi-year projects. Once funding is identified and obtained, Amtrak and its partners are ready to finalize design and build the infrastructure of the future.
View the “Ready to Build” materials at NEC.Amtrak.com/ReadytoBuild.