Markey Unveils New Passenger Rail Bill | WAMC

Markey Unveils New Passenger Rail Bill

May 29, 2020

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey has announced a new $25 billion bill to expand passenger rail across the state and country.

The Building Rail Across Intercity Networks To Ride Around Interior of the Nation or “BRAIN TRAIN” Act calls for $5 billion dollars to be invested on railways between cities ever year for five years.

“Studies consistently show that expanding passenger rail improved mobility, enhances safety, promotes economic development, generates new jobs, and protects the environment,” said Markey.

Fellow Democrat Richard Neal of the 1st Massachusetts district will introduce companion legislation in the House of Representatives. Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer joined the two legislators to applaud the bill Friday.