Amtrak has announced its 2013 plans to upgrade infrastructure, order new equipment and advance its Northeast Corridor high-speed rail program.
Among the projects include completion of the NEC Niantic River Movable Bridge replacement project, delivery of the first units from new equipment orders for 70 electric locomotives and 130 passenger cars, expansion of Acela Express high-speed service and initiation of the process to acquire high-speed train sets.
In 2013, three Amtrak-owned or maintained corridors will be under various stages of construction to increase rail capacity, including the Springfield Line in Connecticut, the Hudson Line in Upstate New York and a section of the NEC in New Jersey.
Amtrak also anticipates reaching a deal in 2013 with the Michigan Department of Transportation to operate a section of state-owned railroad from Kalamazoo to Dearborn.
Other projects in 2013 include advancing planning work for the Gateway Program to increase capacity into Manhattan, improving accessibility at stations under requirements of the American with Disabilities Act, completing installation of positive train control along the NEC and Keystone Corridor and upgrading the AmtrakConnect WiFi service to 4G/LTE.