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Biden Administration Announces $1.4 Billion to Improve Rail Safety

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Biden Administration Announces $1.4 Billion to Improve Rail Safety

Biden Administration Announces $1.4 Billion to Improve Rail Safety

Biden Administration Announces $1.4 Billion , to Improve Rail Safety.

On Sept.

25, the Biden administration revealed that over $1.4 billion has been awarded to projects geared toward railway safety.

Specifically, "70 projects in 35 states and Washington, D.C.," will receive the funds, AP reports.

Much of the money is provided by the 2021 infrastructure law.

These projects will make American rail safer, more reliable, and more resilient, delivering tangible benefits to dozens of communities where railroads are located, and strengthening supply chains for the entire country.

, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, via statement.

Railroad safety has gained national attention ever since the East Palestine, Ohio, incident in which a train carrying hazardous chemicals crashed and spilled toxins throughout the town.

Railroad safety has gained national attention ever since the East Palestine, Ohio, incident in which a train carrying hazardous chemicals crashed and spilled toxins throughout the town.

Several other derailments have occurred since that incident.

The new rail projects will see tracks upgraded, bridges repaired, improved railway connectivity and more.

$178.4 million will go toward restoring passenger service along areas near the Gulf of Mexico that have been out of commission since 2005's Hurricane Katrina.

This is a significant milestone, representing years of dedicated efforts to reconnect our communities after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

, Sen.

Roger Wicker, R-Miss., via statement.

Restoring passenger rail service will create jobs, improve quality of life, and offer a convenient travel option for tourists, contributing to our region鈥檚 economic growth and vitality, Sen.

Roger Wicker, R-Miss., via statement.

The largest grant, $202 million, will serve to restructure railways in California to build a high-speed rail line


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