US passes $10bn high speed rails bill

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US House of Representatives will vote next week on new legislation that envisages some $10 billion in government help for high-speed-rail corridors. The House Transportation and Infrastructure proposal also includes another 10 billion dollars to support mobility for low-income Americans, including establishing new transit routes and funding for a fare-free service. The money is expected to be part of a $3.5 trillion government spending bill, Reuters reported.

The transit funds would also improve transit frequency and improvement projects. During Senate negotiations over a separate $1 trillion infrastructure measure, $10 billion transit funding was cut.

The bill envisages $6 billion to advance local surface transportation projects, $4 billion to reduce surface transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions and $1 billion on low-emission aviation technologies like sustainable aviation fuels.

President Joe Biden strongly supports high-speed rail and has vowed to ensure the United States "has the cleanest, safest, and fastest rail system in the world."

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