Commission says Northeast Corridor has $38-billion maintenance backlog

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WASHINGTON — Amtrak's maintenance backlog on the Northeast Corridor totals more than 10 times what's been pledged by the passenger railroad and regional lines to bring the system into a state of good repair, according to Crain's New York Business.

A study released Thursday by the Northeast Corridor Commission says that the NEC needs $38 billion for maintenance and infrastructure improvements, a 36-percent increase from 2016. Amtrak and regional lines have committed only $3.3 billion.

Included in the backlog are $10 billion for the Gateway Project — construction of two new tunnels under the Hudson River, the newspaper says. The backlog also includes money to replace aging bridges, signals, and power distribution systems.

The newspaper cites James Redeker, Connecticut transportation commissioner and co-chairman of the corridor commission saying, “The corridor’s aging infrastructure is already subject to service disruptions caused by infrastructure failures, rail-traffic congestion and other factors that cost the economy $500 million per year in lost productivity.”

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