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Amtrak announced yesterday it is completing track infrastructure improvements on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) this summer.
The national intercity passenger railroad has committed $130 million for rail improvements, of which $124 million will be spent this summer, Amtrak officials said in a press release. Those funds come from a mix of Amtrak revenue, federal grants and state and local contributions.
The work involves replacing 40 track switches throughout New York and Mid-Atlantic regions; updating 25 miles of track in the Mid-Atlantic region; and completing over 1 million feet of surfacing work across the entire corridor in preparation for high-speed rail.
"Updating railroad infrastructure is a fundamental component of our plan to deliver a new era of rail by modernizing the Amtrak fleet, building new bridges and tunnels, revitalizing stations and redefining the customer experience for the modern era,” said Laura Mason, Amtrak's executive vice president of capital delivery.