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Amtrak trains to reach 95 mph in Michigan


The Federal Railroad Administration recently gave Amtrak the go-ahead to increase train speed from 90 mph to 95 mph in Michigan — the first time in 20 years that revenue passenger trains outside the Northeast Corridor will operate at 95 mph.

In 1996, GE Transportation-Rail installed its Incremental Train Control System (ITCS) along a 66-mile Chicago-to-Detroit Amtrak corridor. Featuring satellite positioning technology and wireless communications to transmit signaling and crossing information to trains, the system is designed to control train movements to increase speed and capacity.

So far, Amtrak has increased train speed along the corridor from 79 mph to 95 mph. The railroad expects to increase train speed to 110 mph next year.

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