Amtrak Announces Projects For 2012

STATE – National rail carrier Amtrak announced plans for its major projects in 2012, which include preliminary work to speed trains between Trenton and New Brunswick and ease congestion arriving at New York Penn Station.

Amtrak will spend $15 million for planning and pre-construction activities to provide additional rail capacity into Manhattan by building new tunnels under the Hudson River as well as replace and expand the century-old Portal Bridge over the Hackensack River.

In 2012, Amtrak will also advance design, engineering and other pre-construction activities for a $450 million project funded under the federal high-speed rail program that will allow trains to travel at 160 mph along a 24-mile section of track between Trenton and New Brunswick. Trains are currently limited to 135 mph along that part of the Northeast Corridor. Major construction work is slated to begin next year, with project completion anticipated in 2017.

Amtrak will also undertake efforts to bring stations throughout its system into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and modernize its 30-year-old passenger reservation system.

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