Amtrak Maricopa 2019

Maricopa’s Amtrak station is no longer a full-service stop.

PHOENIX (AP) — President Joe Biden’s infrastructure improvement program would include restoring Amtrak intercity rail passenger service to Phoenix and Las Vegas.

Both cities were dropped from Amtrak’s network in the 1990s — Las Vegas because of the elimination of a train that traveled between Los Angeles and Ogden, Utah, and Phoenix because of rerouting within Arizona of a different train that formerly went through Phoenix.

Since 1996, the Amtrak station in Maricopa, about 27 miles south of Phoenix, has been the stop closet to Arizona’s most populous city.

A map released Wednesday to illustrate Biden’s proposed expansion of Amtrak’s national network shows a new route between Las Vegas and Los Angeles and restoration of the previously halted service through Phoenix on a route between Los Angeles and New Orleans.

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