US President Joe Biden is nicknamed “Amtrak Joe” because of his love for the American public train Amtrak, which he is said to have used for a long time. (Archive photo)
The place of first TGV in the United States should therefore ultimately not return to the San Francisco-Los Angeles line, announced for years, but whose delay has caused costs to explode.
It will also benefit from $3 billion to accelerate its completion, with Joe Biden welcoming a project which targets 31 million passengers per year and which will be powered 100% by renewable energy.
The president detailed other modernization projects that will benefit from funding. In total, 10 projects worth $8.2 billion.
These investments are in addition to others announced in recent months, and bring to 30 billion dollars the amount now allocated out of the total envelope of 66 billion provided for by the investment plan.
Railroads made America a force for global commerce and innovation, uniting the country and building the most powerful economy in history. And over time, however, we fell behind, even though our infrastructure was the best in the world, lamented Joe Biden.
But we We are in an economic competition for the 21st century, he added, with a pointed eye towards the Asian competitor: China has had trains running at 220 miles per hour for some time.
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China has had high-speed trains for some time. (File photo)
How can you be the best economy without having the best infrastructure in the world?, he asked. This is what we are going to do.