CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVDN) – Monday, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, applauded the announcement that Amtrak has submitted applications for Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) funding for 16 proposed projects around the country that would improve Long Distance reliability, reduce travel times, and expand service. This funding was made available through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which Senator Capito helped craft and negotiate.

Included in the proposed projects would be service improvements to the Cardinal line that increases service to operate daily, increases to train speeds, and reduce travel times.

“Access to West Virginia through rail has been a crucial aspect of our infrastructure, and a key component in providing travel opportunities for West Virginians and bringing new individuals to visit our state. The Cardinal line is a great example of that, providing West Virginia with important connections from Chicago to Washington, Philadelphia, and New York. I am glad to see that funding through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which I helped negotiate and include, could lead to service increases, something for which I have long advocated,” Capito said.