WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) released the following statement after Amtrak announced $10 billion in Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) funds for 12 critical infrastructure projects along the Northeast Corridor, including in Bucks and Montgomery counties.
The funds include a significant investment for upgrades at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Cornwells Heights Station in Bucks County.
“Intercity passenger rail and regional public transportation connect Bucks and Montgomery Counties to one another, the Commonwealth, and the entire Northeast region. Today’s grant announcement awarding funding to Amtrak and SEPTA means more jobs, faster service, and sturdier infrastructure are on their way to our communities," said Congressman Fitzpatrick. "These major investments include millions in project planning throughout Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor and $30.5 million alone for substantial platform and accessibility upgrades at the Cornwells Heights SEPTA station in Bensalem. While key programs through Amtrak and like the Fed-State Partnership were bolstered by the funding made available by the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, robust annual appropriations for these grants remain essential to keeping America’s infrastructure, workforce, and economy strong. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in Congress to ensure that our nation’s infrastructure is efficient, competitive, and safe.”
“These grants will help advance Amtrak’s plans to modernize the Northeast Corridor and unlock major bottlenecks on the busiest passenger rail corridor in America,” said Amtrak CEO Stephen Gardner.