Major NEC Upgrade Planned

Amtrak is planning a major upgrade of its Northeast Corridor that the carrier said will double its engineering efforts and result in the purchase of $370 million of new equipment over a three-year period for maintenance work.

The result, Amtrak officials said, will be a smoother ride and improve on-time performance for the more than 890,000 passengers who ride in the NEC on weekdays.

Amtrak is buying two undercutters, five high-speed surfacing machines, heavy lift cranes for New York Penn Station and freight cars and locomotives to bring the NEC to a state of good repair.

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