Joe Biden to Announce New Funding for Amtrak’s Busy Northeast Corridor

The Boston-D.C. line saw record-high ridership last year.

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Vice President Joe Biden will announce new funding for the Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, the busiest passenger rail in the United States.

Speaking at the station in Wilmington, Delaware that bears his name, Biden is expected to stress the importance of investing in the country’s infrastructure. Biden was a frequent Amtrak rider during his three decades in the U.S. Senate, taking the train between his Wilmington and Washington, D.C.

Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, which begins at Boston’s South Station and Back Bay Station and travels south toward Washington, saw a record-high ridership of 11.7 million in fiscal 2015. The Federal Railroad Administration awarded the line $2.6 million to help implement “Positive Train Control,” a new technology aimed at preventing collisions and derailments.

The MBTA also uses the Northeast Corridor for commuter rail service, along with its counterparts in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. The Northeast Corridor’s more than 100 stops include Route 128 between Westwood and Dedham, Providence, and three more across Connecticut.