Amtrak Tracking for My Commute Between New York City and Philadelphia

Sunday, January 29, 2012

"Speed record will be just start of Amtrak upgrades", plans to hit 160 mph over a 24 mile stretch in NJ

The site, serving the Lower Hudson Valley, reports that Amtrak is planning to break its top speed when it updates a 24-mile stretch of track in New Jersey allowing trains to hit 160 mph. The trains will get to this new top speed in NJ between New Brunswick and Trenton (trains now travel there at 135 mph). Work is expected to begin in 2013 and take four years. Work includes replacing overhead wires with constant-tension wires that don't sag. Amtrak will use $450 million in federal high-speed-rail funding. The high speed is reached currently in Rhode Island as the Amtrak Acela gets to 150 mph for approximately 35 miles.

Ridership has been growing and Amtrak broke its own record in fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2011 with a ridership of 30.2 million, it's eighth record in the past nine years. Reaching the highest speed in NJ is great move for Amtrak. The Philadelphia to NYC stretch is the middle of the NEC and needs to upgraded to ensure continued efficiency of traffic along this stretch.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Amtrak Trains 2012 Sights on Northeast

PaintSquare, a website covering the protective and marine coatings industry, notes that "contractors who serve the rail sector in the U.S. Northeast could be in for a happy new year, as Amtrak has released a 2012 construction plan that tilts heavily toward that busy corridor". That Amtrak construction plan for 2012 (link to a PDF file) includes work on track, electrical upgrades in central Jersey, environmental reviews for tunnels, and a bridge.