Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor Awarded $16.4 Billion in Federal Funds

The funding will support track construction, bridge replacement, and other upgrades to make passenger train service faster and more reliable.

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November 7, 2023, 6:00 AM PST

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction


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Rail projects in the Northeast Corridor received a $16.4 billion boost from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), according to an announcement from the FRA and Amtrak.

As Christian MilNeil reports in Streetsblog Mass, the funding will “finance over two dozen infrastructure upgrades that will enable faster, more frequent, and more reliable service along the Northeast Corridor rail lines between Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.”

In Connecticut, projects include track, signal, and power upgrades on the New Haven Line, new track on the Hartford Line, and the replacement of four bridges. 

“The grants will also fund several massive infrastructure upgrades in New York City, including $3.8 billion for a new tunnel under the Hudson River to expand capacity between New Jersey and New York's Penn Station, and $1.6 billion to ‘comprehensively rehabilitate 19 miles of the Amtrak-owned Hell Gate Line connecting New York Penn Station and New Rochelle, NY.’”

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