NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Following the deadly Amtrak derailment last month, Senator Cory Booker is pushing to increase funding for Amtrak.

Booker wants funding for Amtrak to increase to $1.6 billion and add more than $500 million in annual grant funding for capitol projects aimed at improving service on the heavily traveled Northeast Corridor, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reports.

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“And we know when we don’t do the right thing — make the investments — that rail goes from being safe and secure to having tragedies potentially happen like we saw already,” Booker said.

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Booker said the grants would speed up the roll out of positive train control — which some say could have prevented the deadly Amtrak derailment last month.

It will also help to prevent delays.

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Booker says it will also put resources in place for a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River.