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San Diego kicks off $660M trolley renovation

Modernizing the Blue Line, the most heavily used transit service in the region, with an average daily ridership of more than 50,000. The overhaul also includes raising 35 station platforms to accommodate low-floor vehicles, replacing outdated rail and overhead wires, and improving street crossings, switching, and signaling.

Amtrak, CSX strike $181M rail upgrade deal

Four rail improvement projects will reduce congestion along the Empire Corridor from New York City to Niagara Falls and improve travel times and reliability for passengers and freight.

FRA completes Amtrak Vermonter Line upgrades

Included heavier continuously-welded rail, bridge work, new tie installation and ballast work. Improvements enable the scheduled running time for the line to be reduced by about a half hour and passenger-train track speeds in signaled territory to increase from 50 to 79 miles per hour.

Amtrak testing trains at 165 mph

Locations in Maryland/Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Massachusetts may at some future time experience regular 160 mph service. Tests utilize high-speed Acela Express equipment and measure the interaction between the train and the track, rider quality and other safety factors.

Amtrak upgrades Seattle maintenance facility

Completed phase one and two of the process, which included creating an enclosed structure over two tracks and a new three-story maintenance warehouse and administrative office that replaced functions formerly performed in trailers.

Caltrain to receive electrification, upgrades

An agreement between the California High Speed Rail Authority and more than a half-dozen San Francisco Bay Area public agencies will fully fund the electrification and modernization of the Caltrain system. Once the system is electrified, Caltrain will be able to operate lighter-weight electric vehicles.

Oregon receives $13.6M for rail upgrades

Funds will modernize the Portland Union Station, upgrade passenger rail service along Amtrak’s Cascades route and continue further development of an integrated, statewide rail network.

BART shutdown reveals system flaws

Two data devices failed to work together, causing all 28 trains to be halted for more than two hours. Officials have said that the system needs $15 billion in upgrades over the next 25 years, but only about half of the funding is lined up.

Amtrak to make major upgrades in 2010

Plans include replacing and expanding fleet of locomotives and passenger railcars with the purchase of several hundred single-level and bi-level long distance passenger railcars and more than a hundred locomotives.