Biden: ‘We Have To Do More than Just Build Back; We Have To Build Back Better’

‘There is still a huge backlog in deferred maintenance, huge need to modernize our trains, our stations, our bridges, our tunnels’

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BIDEN: “But we have to do more than just build back. We have to build back better. And today we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity. Position Amtrak and rail, and intercity rail as well, in general, to play a central role in our transformation and transportation economic future. To make investments that can help America get back on track, no pun intended. Before the pandemic, Amtrak's ridership and revenues were on the upswing. The Northeast Corridor has been making money for a long while now. But last year, the whole of Amtrak system was projected to break even for the first time in history, but then we had the pandemic. But there is still a huge backlog in deferred maintenance, huge need to modernize our trains, our stations, our bridges, our tunnels.”

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