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Following infrastructure upgrades in New Jersey, Amtrak has increased the speed of its Acela trains.

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Following infrastructure upgrades in New Jersey, Amtrak has increased the speed of its Acela trains.

Amtrak, a passenger railroad company based in the United States, has announced that the speed of Acela trains on an upgraded section of the Northeast Corridor (NEC) in New Jersey will be increased (NJ).

Acela trains will be able to travel at up to 150 mph along a 16-mile track segment between New Brunswick and South Brunswick as a result of the move.

The infrastructure upgrades, according to Amtrak, are part of the New Jersey High-Speed Rail Improvement Program, which aims to reduce travel times and improve services.

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Along the NEC, several similar speed increases are expected.

The upgraded section’s scope of work included the installation of new signal power cables and high-speed turnouts, as well as the installation of new catenary supports and the modernization of power substations.

“The modifications coming from the New Jersey High-Speed Rail Improvement Program illustrate our ongoing commitment to upgrade the Northeast Corridor and transform the customer experience as we welcome more passengers back on board,” Amtrak president and CEO Stephen Gardner said.

“Our customers will benefit from more reliable and faster trains, as well as better on-time performance on this busy section of the NEC, thanks to the hard work of Amtrak’s Infrastructure Maintenance & Construction Services Team, as well as our DOT and commuter partners.”
A new 8-mile stretch of catenary is currently being installed between South Brunswick and Trenton, NJ. The project is anticipated to be completed in 2024, with additional speed enhancements.

Acela provides high-speed service between Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, DC, and other intermediate cities along the Northeast Corridor.

The train offers free Wi-Fi, huge, comfortable seats, and the possibility to travel with small pets.

Amtrak announced earlier this month that it would spend $130 million on rail improvements between Washington, DC, and New York.

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