Monday, September 24, 2012

Amtrak to run test trains at 165 mph in Northeast

Amtrak announced Monday it will operate test trains overnight at 165 mph in four stretches from Maryland to Massachusetts.

Two test locations (Perryville MD, to Wilmington DE, and from Trenton to New Brunswick, NJ) currently have a speed limit of 135 mph. The two others (Rhode Island from Westerly to Cranston and in Massachusetts from South Attleboro to Readville) have 150 mph limits.

As part of a $450 million project funded by the federal high-speed rail program train tracks, electric power, signals, and other systems are to be upgraded over the next several years to improve reliability and to permit regular train operations at faster speeds.


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