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The bill includes a fresh $66 billion for passenger and freight rail, the biggest investment the federal government has made in railroads since Amtrak was founded in 1971.
After years of being the subject of congressional ire, the federally subsidized company is almost at the point of breaking even.
Delays at the train depot ripple through the economy of the entire East Coast, an expert says.
On Capitol Hill today, fiscal conservatives are likely to argue against the hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies that go to Amtrak each year. But Hurricane Sandy showed you need to spend if you want to save.