Amtrak lays out plan for truly high speed Northeast Corridor

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WASHINGTON — Amtrak has released a proposal that would see truly high speed trains operating along the Northeast Corridor in 30 years. According to the railroad’s study, an annual appropriation of $4.7 billion over 25 years would produce a financially self-sufficient corridor that would shave two hours off Boston-New York trips.

“Amtrak is putting forward a bold vision of a realistic and attainable future that can revolutionize transportation, travel patterns, and economic development in the Northeast for generations,” said Joseph Boardman, Amtrak’s president.

The plan envisions an average speed of 137 mph between Washington and New York, delivering passengers between the two stations in 96 minutes, an hour shorter than what’s currently offered. New York-Boston trips would average 148 mph under the plan and deliver passengers in 84 minutes, or more than two hours faster than current Acela services.

The study estimates the trains would attract nearly 18 million riders upon its completion in 2040, with departures rising from roughly once per hour in each direction to four, with added frequencies at peak times. The service would operate with an annual $900 million surplus.

A full copy of the report is available at http://www.amtrak.com.
WASHINGTON — Amtrak has released a proposal that would see truly high speed trains operating along the Northeast Corridor in 30 years. According to the railroad’s study, an annual appropriation of $4.7 billion over 25 years would produce a financially self-sufficient corridor that would shave two hours off Boston-New York trips.

“Amtrak is putting forward a bold vision of a realistic and attainable future that can revolutionize transportation, travel patterns, and economic development in the Northeast for generations,” said Joseph Boardman, Amtrak’s president.

The plan envisions an average speed of 137 mph between Washington and New York, delivering passengers between the two stations in 96 minutes, an hour shorter than what’s currently offered. New York-Boston trips would average 148 mph under the plan and deliver passengers in 84 minutes, or more than two hours faster than current Acela services.

The study estimates the trains would attract nearly 18 million riders upon its completion in 2040, with departures rising from roughly once per hour in each direction to four, with added frequencies at peak times. The service would operate with an annual $900 million surplus.

A full copy of the report is available at http://www.amtrak.com.
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