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FRA to fund $745M in Northeast Corridor upgrades

Posted on August 22, 2011

[IMAGE]Amtrak-on-Northeast-Corridor-Chasesmith-WC-2.jpg[/IMAGE]The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will provide nearly $745 million for construction along the Northeast Corridor (NEC) to upgrade some of the most heavily-used sections.

The NEC will receive $449.94 million to upgrade electrical systems and tracks between Trenton, N.J., and New York City, resulting in improved on-time performance and reliability and an initial increase in top operating speeds up to 160 mph and future maximum speeds of 186 mph. 

Another $294.78 million will alleviate major delays for trains coming in and out of Manhattan with new routes that allow Amtrak trains to bypass the busiest passenger rail junction in the nation.

The improvements will allow for the fastest passenger train speeds attained in North America to date. Thanks to these investments, Acela Express trains will soon reach up to 160 mph (up from 135 mph today) along a 24-mile segment of the corridor between Trenton and New Brunswick, N.J., with the replacement of electrical catenary, supplemented power supply, and modernized signals and tracks.

In the future, as Amtrak purchases new, next generation high-speed train sets, passengers will travel at world-class speeds of 186 mph along the improved track.

Improvements to the Harold Interlocking rail junction in Queens will eliminate congestion between intercity and commuter trains and allow for the future growth of high-speed service along the corridor. A new flyover will separate Amtrak trains travelling between New York and Boston from Long Island Railroad and Metro-North commuter trains and NJ Transit trains accessing Sunnyside Maintenance Yard in Queens.

Pre-construction work between Trenton and New York City will begin in late 2011, with initial construction commencing in 2012. The project is expected to create 400 jobs per year over the period of construction. Both projects are expected to generate 12,000 jobs.

Through the Obama Administration’s strict implementation of the “Buy America” requirement, the opportunity for U.S. manufacturers and suppliers continues as more than 100 miles of wire, hundreds of catenary poles and a large volume of electrical equipment such as transformers will be used as part of the upgrades.

Construction on Harold Interlocking will begin in September 2012, creating 9,200 jobs over the length of the project and include the procurement of new switches, miles of track, concrete ties, bridges, signal towers, catenary poles and retaining walls.

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