In February 2009, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which appropriated $1.3 billion to Amtrak for capital investment. The ARRA requires that Amtrak allocate $850 million for funding to rebuild and modernize infrastructure, equipment and business systems. In anticipation of economic stimulus funding, Amtrak developed four criteria for scoring and ranking projects that could be successfully implemented. The criteria included the following:
- Activities that could be started and completed expeditiously
- Projects that supported development of intercity high speed rail service
- Projects that would preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery
- Projects that align with Amtrak corporate continuing goals; Safer, Greener, and Healthier; including projects that repair, rehabilitate, and/or upgrade infrastructure and rolling stock.
Highlights of Select ARRA Funded Projects
Amtrak Bascule Bridge No. 116.74 over the Niantic River, between East Lyme and Waterford, Connecticut. The bridge is located along the busy Amtrak Northeast Corridor.
ARRA Procurement Opportunities
Visit Amtrak Procurement for information on current requests for information, bids and proposals in connection with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.
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