Though people are avoiding trains due to the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey wants to give passenger rail a $25 billion booster shot.

The Massachusetts lawmaker said Friday he will file legislation proposing to invest $5 billion a year for five years to create or restore train service between cities.

"We have to plan for a future that allows people to get back on trains again."

Markey's proposal, embraced in the House by U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, could be taken up if Congress tackles a long-awaited infrastructure measure. If not then, he vowed to push it during the administration of "President Joe Biden."

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