Reading this on a train during your morning commute? Then we’ve got some good news:
The federal Department of Transportation is putting $745 million toward rail projects that will allow trains to travel up to 160 mph in some sections of the Northeast Corridor and construction that will allow Amtrak trains to avoid a congested rail junction in part of New York City.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the funding yesterday.
About $450 million will be used to upgrade electrical systems and tracks between Trenton, N.J., and New York. The upgrade means Acela Express trains will be able to achieve a top speed of 160 mph between Trenton and New Brunswick, N.J. The current top speed is 135 mph.
About $295 million will be used to construct an overpass at the Harold Interlocking rail junction in Queens. It’ll separate Amtrak from Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North commuter trains, easing congestion.