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6/28/2005



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Amtrak, PennDOT continue to improve Keystone Corridor



This week, Amtrak adjusted schedules for some trains traveling between Parkesburg and Lancaster, Pa. to minimize potential construction delays.

The national passenger railroad and Pennsylvania Transportation (PennDOT) are in the midst of a capital improvement project on Amtrak’s Harrisburg-to-Philadelphia-to-New York City Keystone Corridor.

The project includes installing 80 miles of new concrete ties, more than 40 switches, and a signal system between Lancaster and Harrisburg. Amtrak and PennDOT also are upgrading 16 bridges and culverts, overhead electrical wires and electrical substations. After the project is complete in fall 2006, Amtrak will operate electric-powered trains on the line and reduce travel times by increasing maximum train speeds from 90 mph to 110 mph.



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