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Amtrak funding in the infrastructure bill: A plan to fix up America’s passenger rail

What the beleaguered operator should do with $66 billion from Congress.

By Henry Grabar, July 30, 202112:31 PM

What would Amtrak Joséph do with $66 billion? Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Amtrak Joe delivers.

The bipartisan infrastructure bill that seems likely to pass the Senate contains $66 billion for intercity rail, which is pretty damn close to the $80 billion President Joe Biden asked for in April. The White House calls it “the largest investment in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak 50 years ago.”

The deal includes $22 billion in “grants” for Amtrak, another $24 billion specifically for the Northeast Corridor, and another $20 billion for intercity service, safety grants, and grade crossing improvements. (What’s the difference between the first chunk of grants and the last? The White House hasn’t detailed that yet.)

That will mean better Amtrak service on existing high-traffic routes (relatively speaking) like Portland–Seattle, Richmond–D.C., and Chicago–Milwaukee. It might mean new service in fast-growing regions, like between Charlotte and Atlanta or Atlanta and Nashville.

Source: Amtrak funding in the infrastructure bill: A plan to fix up America’s passenger rail

Biden’s White House is all about family

Joe Biden’s big Irish American family has been a prominent part of the White House scene during his first 100 days in office.

By Associated Press – May 2, 2021 1:00 PM

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden, with their grandchildren Natalie Biden and Hunter Biden, walk on the South Lawn of the White House, Sunday, March 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

President Joe Biden’s grandkids say anyone who wants to take a crack at their “Pop” has to go through them first.

When Biden calls to check in, he doesn’t stop with one grandchild but ends up dialing all of them for updates. Even son Hunter Biden gets a nightly call from Biden.

Biden’s big Irish American family has been a prominent part of the White House scene during his first 100 days in office, with his wife, children, and grandchildren providing the grounding that people close to the president say has served Biden during nearly a half-century of public service.

“Anyone who wants to get to @JoeBiden will have to get past us first,” says the caption on a photo granddaughter Naomi Biden tweeted of herself, her sisters, and her cousins. She added emojis of a flexed bicep, a high-voltage sign, a fist, and a winking face with a stuck-out tongue.

Source: Biden’s White House is all about family

Country optimistic after Biden’s 1st 100 days: POLL – ABC News

Nearly two-thirds of Americans say the country is headed in the right direction.

By Kendall Karson, May 2, 2021, 6:00 AM• 7 min read

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President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress in Washington, April 28, 2021.

President Joe Biden completes his first hundred days in office with a country that is more optimistic about the coming year, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans (64%) are optimistic about the direction of the country in the poll, which was conducted by Ipsos in partnership with ABC News using Ipsos’ KnowledgePanel.

Source: Country optimistic after Biden’s 1st 100 days: POLL – ABC News

‘Amtrak Joe’ Biden to visit Philadelphia train station Friday – CNNPolitics

“Amtrak Joe” is returning to his roots.

By Betsy Klein, CNN, Updated 12:34 PM ET, Tue April 27, 2021

Train photo.. Courtesy Rocky Mountaineer 

(CNN) — “Amtrak Joe” is returning to his roots.

President Joe Biden will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Amtrak’s founding when he travels to Philadelphia on Friday to make a push for his massive infrastructure proposal, a White House official confirmed to CNN.

He will be visiting the William H. Gray III 30th Street Station in downtown Philadelphia, the official said.

The train station trip is part of a travel blitz, aptly named the “Getting America Back on Track” tour, which is aimed at highlighting the President’s first 100 days in office and his legislative push for infrastructure, something Biden expected to advocate for as he addresses a joint session of Congress on Wednesday.

Biden is also set to travel to Atlanta on Thursday.

Source: ‘Amtrak Joe’ Biden to visit Philadelphia train station Friday – CNNPolitics

5 New Train Routes We’re Excited About | Condé Nast Traveler

From scenic island circuits in Japan to Rocky Mountain adventures, these new train experiences have us excited about the future of rail travel.

By Julia Eskins. February 17, 2021

Courtesy Rocky Mountaineer 

Rumblings of a railway renaissance have been swirling recently, thanks to a growing interest in sustainable transportation.

And with new tracks being laid and upgraded trains to look forward to, post-pandemic travel could involve taking the scenic route more often.

More travelers are eyeing ways to not only make their future trips stress-free, but also more eco-conscious. Countries like Scotland and Spain have announced plans to roll out zero-emission hydrogen-powered trains.

The European Commission has dubbed 2021 the European Year of Rail, which aligns with their goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Even President Joe Biden, who earned the nickname Amtrak Joe for having famously commuted by train for decades as a senator, promised a “second rail revolution” on his campaign trail.

Source: 5 New Train Routes We’re Excited About | Condé Nast Traveler

Biden proposes $24.7 billion NASA budget in 2022 to support moon exploration and more | Space

It’s a $1.5 billion increase over NASA’s 2021 budget.

President Joe Biden spoke at the White House’s Rose Garden on April 8, 2021. (Image credit: Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

By Meghan Bartels, 2 days ago

More than two months after taking office, President Joe Biden has offered a first look at his budget priorities, and the signs for NASA are generally promising.

The administration today (April 9) unveiled a so-called “skinny budget” for fiscal year 2022, which begins on Oct. 1. Biden’s proposed budget requests $24.7 billion for NASA, a $1.5 billion increase from 2021. The skinny budget represents only top-line budget items, a traditional practice for the first year of a new presidential administration because of how the inauguration and Congress’ budgetary calendar align.

Source: Biden proposes $24.7 billion NASA budget in 2022 to support moon exploration and more | Space