Recovery and Reinvestment
All summer long we have been hard
at work improving our infrastructure
and equipment to better serve you. For
us, the fall means the winding down
of extensive track work projects on
our Northeast Corridor. By the end of
summer, our track gangs installed more
than 200,000 railroad ties, in addition
to making other infrastructure improvements this fiscal year.
Oct. 1 marks the beginning of our new
fiscal year, as we continue to strive to
connect America in safer, greener and
healthier ways. In addition to the state-of-good-repair plans we have set for the
year, we will continue working on more
than 500 projects that were approved for
$1.3 billion in American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act funds over the next
two years to upgrade service while preserving and creating jobs.
Stimulus funds have helped implement or accelerate projects that will rehabilitate and modernize our infrastructure,
equipment and systems, and strengthen
our security and life safety programs.
Thanks to the availability of these funds,
this summer we began rehabilitating
passenger cars and locomotives that
have been sidelined for years, releasing
the first “stimulus-driven” car in July.
Not only does this work provide jobs at
our mechanical facilities in Indiana and
Delaware, but it also helps increase seat
capacity on our trains.
The stimulus funds will also help us
better communicate with you and improve your experience with us. We will be
deploying improved Passenger Information Display systems at a number of our
stations, employing more sophisticated
customer relationship management tools
to provide you with timely and more
targeted information, and relaunching
Amtrak.com with even more user-friendly
ticketing and travel planning services.
We’ll also be spending about $40 million
on improvements to more than 200
other stations to increase accessibility
for people with disabilities and make
While we are continually seeking
ways to improve, we are very proud of
the quality of the work we do and the
service we provide. We see the stimulus
as more than advancing improvement
projects, we are also doing our part to
put people back to work and help rebuild
the American economy.
We thank you for choosing to travel
on Amtrak today. Please don’t hesitate to
contact any one of our employees if you
need assistance of any kind.
JOSEPH H. BOARDMAN