KULR: MT Amtrak recieves $15 million to upgrade rail infrastructure

by Madison Seipp

Amtrak’s rail infrastructure in and around Malta, along the Empire Builder route, will soon see upgrades thanks to the $14.9 million newly secured for the project from the Infrastructure Investment and Job Act. 

U.S. Senator Jon Tester secured this money for Montana Amtrak through his bipartisan act Thursday, December 7, according to the press release from Jon Tester’s office sent Thursday. 

The Federal-State Partnership will administer funding for the purpose of upgrading rail infrastructure in and around Malta.

“Specifically the funding will help with final design and construction of various track, bridge, signal, and other rail infrastructure improvements on BNSF tracks near Malta,” the release said. “The improved infrastructure will eliminate bottlenecks in the area that have previously caused delays and operational conflicts for freight and passenger trains.”

Tester worked with five Republicans and four Democrats to negotiate the IIJA.