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Amtrak projects aim for a smoother ride along Northeast Corridor

The upgrades will "significantly improve" on-time performance on the corridor.
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Amtrak is investing $370 million over three years on new equipment that is expected to improve the ride along the Northeast Corridor.

The new equipment will double Amtrak's engineering efforts on the corridor and accelerate maintenance work, according to an Amtrak press release.

The railroad is investing in one track-laying system, two undercutters, five high-speed surfacing machines, reference surfacing, heavy-lift cranes for New York Penn Station and the necessary freight cars and locomotive power that will help bring the corridor into a state of good repair.

"More than 890,000 Amtrak customers and commuter passengers rely on the Northeast Corridor for transportation every weekday, and we are working to make their ride smoother and more reliable," said Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Scot Naparstek.

The upgrades will "significantly improve" on-time performance on the corridor, Amtrak officials said.