In 2019 Amtrak had its best year, then faced an unprecedented drop in passenger numbers in 2020. Consequently, the operator furloughed employees and cut the number of services it was running. The funding will mainly be used to offset the loss of ticket revenue, which Amtrak needs to operate its trains and maintain its infrastructure. Amtrak has already started bringing furloughed workers back. Long-distance services will resume in late May.
Of the 1.69 billion USD, 969,388,160 USD are earmarked for the Northeast Corridor, and 728,611,840 for the national network.