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Thu Apr 1, 2021, 02:12 PM

Amtrak vows grand expansion under Biden's infrastructure plan. [View all]

Amtrak late Wednesday released a proposed map of new and expanded service if it can land the $80 billion President Joe Biden proposed for the rail service as part of his American Jobs Plan, a massive $2 trillion plan to rebuild the nation's aging infrastructure.

Amtrak's vision calls for bringing new intercity rail service to up to 160 previously unserved communities over the next 15 years, including 30 potential new routes and enhanced services with more daily trips on existing routes. New service is identified for major cities that currently have no Amtrak service such as Las Vegas, Nashville, Columbus, Ohio, and Phoenix.

Amtrak released a broad map Wednesday that showed where new and improved service might go if the money is approved by Congress. The proposals are outlined in Amtrak's "Connect US" plan a 15-year vision that seeks to add 20 million new Amtrak passengers by 2035. Ridership is currently around 32 million.

New service proposed in Amtrak's plan includes:

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