NEWARK, NJ (AP / CBSNewYork) – Amtrak says it plans to make its trains go faster through part of New Jersey.

WCBS 880’s Wayne Cabot And Steve Scott With Amtrak’s Cliff Cole

The national rail carrier announced its major projects for 2012 on Tuesday.

Among them is preliminary work to upgrade tracks between Trenton and New Brunswick, to allow trains to travel at 160 miles per hour. Trains currently go 135 miles per hour on that section of the Northeast Corridor.

Amtrak also plans to reconfigure track switches at the western entrance to New York’s Penn Station to minimize congestion. That project is scheduled to be completed in 2017.

And about $15 million will be spent on studies for a proposed new Hudson River tunnel between New York and New Jersey.

Amtrak set a record last year with more than 30 million passengers nationwide.

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Comments (10)
  1. Amused but not misled says:

    DESPITE what they write these speeds seem more like kilometere per hour NOT mph. More like 90 mph- which is 135 kph.

    The NJT Transit trains are all in tghe 70 mph range.

    I serioustly think there may be a typo here.

  2. Are they kidding? says:

    The plan would increase the speed from 135 to 160 mph along a 24 mile stretch of track. If you do the math the time savings is at best 96 seconds. Are they kidding me

    1. Amused but not misled says:

      You’re right. They should wait to next generation. Not spend $ for this relatively small increase.

  3. bullett says:

    America still has a long ways to go before we can compete with foreign countries and their rail service.

  4. Rhiannon says:

    This is good news. I am a regular rider on the N.E. Corridor run, and the train is much better and much less frustrating than driving or flying. Little or no stress, just show up, sit down, and voom!

  5. Robert Moses says:

    All passenger train and bus lines should be shut down immediately. REAL Americans drive everywhere, so people who ride trains are America-hating terrorists.

    1. ttrue nyc says:

      What a stupid thing say. I hope you are joking.

      1. Robert Moses says:

        Why is it “stupid” to love your country enough to drive? Why is it “stupid” to not be a traitor by riding trains and buses?

        1. paulnadra says:

          because cars use oil that we get from mideast nations? How is riding a bus “America hatinng”
          I cannot believe I am responding to this lunatic

  6. Rugbyball says:

    Short hauls, such as NYC to DC, Boston, Philly, ect. are perfect for Acella line.
    If they could bring the cost down below the airlines, even just a little, and get the train up to its 160mph+ speed through out the line it would the best bet for travel to cities as mentioned above. Although flights are faster when in air, most dont count the travel to airport, security line, check in, and the reverse on other side, not to mention local weather delays or at destination, those could easily make the trip longer or same as the Acella.

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