Amtrak Considers Northeast Corridor Improvements

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP)Amtrak was seeking nearly $1.3 billion to speed trains between Boston and Washington.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney: There Would Be New Bridge Between Newark And Secaucus

The Record newspaper reported Amtrak wanted $238 million for preliminary engineering and environmental analysis on two new high-speed tunnels between New Jersey and New York and a new Penn Station South in Manhattan.

The tunnels and station were projected to cost $13.5 billion. Amtrak’s president said the project would benefit travelers along the entire Northeast Corridor.

Plans also called for replacing the Portal Bridge in New Jersey with a fixed structure that’s tall enough for boats to pass under. Officials said the new span, which will connect Kearny and Secaucus, would ease delays for Amtrak and NJ Transit trains.

New Jersey would have to contribute up to $150 million and Amtrak $570 million toward that project.

Do you want to see these Amtrak expansions? Tell us what you think below…

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  • RalphP

    I take the train regularly between Raleigh NC and Philly – ANY improvement to the rail corridor is long over and eagerly awaited!

  • Tom

    This is where most of the high speed rail money should have gone in the first place!! In addition of California of course.

  • Robert Senn

    let commuters pay

    • Tom

      So how about my drivers pay the full cost of operating and maintaining roads and highways??

  • CMB

    Sad to see more subsidies to a 180 year old form of transportation, which so few use. This in not Europe, we need something better to surplant the automobile, and a train just is not it. Planes work better, however getting in and out of airports is a pain, we need something better, like a star-trek transporter. This seems as if it is a huge sum of money, for a very old form of moving us around. To bad we do not use the waterways more effectively too.

    • Tom

      So few? Where have you been???

  • Ant2828

    Regardless of how it’s paid for, it’s needed. And probably in many other parts of the U.S. You have to spend now and prepare for life 20-30 years from now. Material costs will only go higher. Build up the infrastructure now!! High speed trains should be all over the U.S. Imagine, Miami to Orlando – LA to San Fran. – Dallas to Houston – Dallas to San Antonio – LA to Phoenix – Chicago to St. Louis, so many commutes that would be cut down. All leading to fewer cars on the road!!

  • Laura

    Yes!!! We need to catch up to Europe and China in the state of our rail system. The train travels between three cities that have decent to excellent mass transit systems. Fast, truly efficient train service would get that many more cars off the highways and streets.

  • NotoriousOne~

    So basically after they are allocated all the funds for this project they will submit a proposal to increase fares because of additional “costs”…just another excuse for them to raise fares.

  • tom

    If they want to spend that kind of money, fix the tracks in the southeast.

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