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.


  • You train enthusiasts may want to sign my petition to restart Amtrak service from los angeles, to las vegas, and on to utah and colorado. Check out my petition at Here is a link:

    Not trying to sell anything just get this going again. More trains is a good thing.


    Eric Sievering

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:57 PM, February 03, 2012  

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