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Amtrak, Pennsylvania DOT to improve more Keystone Corridor track

Next month, Amtrak and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) plan to begin the next phase of track improvements on the Harrisburg-to-Philadelphia Keystone Corridor.

Jointly funded by the national passenger railroad and PennDOT, the project is designed to increase train frequency, shorten trip times up to 15 minutes between Harrisburg and Philadelphia and up to 30 minutes between Harrisburg and New York City, and improve ride quality.

Amtrak and PennDOT plan to focus work between Lancaster and Parkesburg, and Paoli and Philadelphia. The project includes installing concrete ties on 80 track miles, as well as 40 switches and a signal system between Lancaster and Harrisburg; and upgrading 16 bridges and culverts, overhead electrical wires and electrical substations.

Last year, Amtrak and PennDOT installed 63 track miles of continuous-welded rail between Harrisburg and Lancaster, and replaced more than 46,000 wood ties between Overbrook and Lancaster.

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