Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

What’s NOT in the IIJA

In November, Railway Age reported on the provisions of the new infrastructure statute, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), that relate to passenger rail—Amtrak and rail transit. the report came to you on Nov. 15, the day President Biden signed it into law. While that article constituted a report about what the statute says about rail, this one is a companion commentary that will examine what it does not include. In some ways, the bill’s omissions may have a greater impact on future policy concerning Amtrak and transit than the provisions that were actually enacted.

GoRail: What IIJA Means for Railroads

On Nov. 15, President Joe Biden signed the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), described by rail advocacy organization GoRail as “a momentous, bipartisan bill for fixing and improving U.S. roads, bridges, waterways, airports and other infrastructure systems, and reauthorizing surface transportation programs for the next five years.”