Semiannual Report to Congress #65 (October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022)
I am pleased to submit the Amtrak Office of Inspector General (OIG) Semiannual Report to the United States Congress for the six months ending March 31, 2022. For the past six months, Amtrak continued its recovery after its ridership plunged in 2020 due to the pandemic. In November 2021, while ridership continued to return, Congress passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which provides Amtrak (the company) with access to as much as $66 billion in funding—the largest investment in passenger rail since the company’s creation more than 50 years ago.
The legislation positions the company to play a major role in the nation’s transportation and economic future by providing funds to repair and rehabilitate the company’s rail assets, work with state and other partners to modernize the Northeast Corridor (NEC) and bring “world-class rail service” outside the NEC.