You recall incorrectly. There has never been a trillion dollars spent on Amtrak or passenger rail in the united states. Period.But...FOX NEWS!This CNN article states that this was Amtrak's 9th derailment this year? Did I miss some of them? A quick wikipedia search reveals only the Halifax, NC derailment where an idiot truck driver got in the way. Amtrak would be running out of equipment if there were that many wrecks.
As far as infrastructure goes, iirc, there was a trillion dollars of shovel-ready projects spent about 6 years ago.
How'd that work out?