Amtrak Awarded Nearly $10 Billion for NEC Projects

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has awarded nearly 10 billion USD to Amtrak for the modernisation of critical infrastructure and stations and to support a future increase in ridership on the Northeast Corridor (NEC).

This funding will be used to replace ageing tunnels, bridges and tracks; improve safety, reliability and travel speeds; and increase capacity on the NEC, America’s busiest rail corridor.

This work will modernise the Northeast Corridor, improving reliability and service quality
This work will modernise the Northeast Corridor, improving reliability and service quality
Amtrak CEO Stephen Gardner said:

“These grants will help advance Amtrak’s plans to modernise the Northeast Corridor and unlock major bottlenecks on the busiest passenger rail corridor in America. I want to thank President Biden, USDOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg and FRA Administrator Amit Bose for their continued support as Amtrak and our partners rebuild this critical infrastructure asset.”

Specifically, the grants will support the delivery of 12 Amtrak-led projects through the FRA’s Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Program. This includes:

  • Up to 4.7 billion USD for the Frederick Douglass Tunnel Program
  • Up to 2.08 billion USD for the Susquehanna River Rail Bridge Project
  • Up to 1.26 billion USD for the East River Tunnel Rehabilitation Project
  • Up to 826.64 million USD for the Connecticut River Bridge Replacement Project
  • Up to 300.18 million USD for the Dock Bridge Rehabilitation Project
  • Up to 133.32 million USD for the Sawtooth Bridges Replacement Project
  • Up to 108.32 million USD Baltimore Penn Station Redevelopment
  • Up to 58.27 million USD for the Pelham Bay Bridge Replacement Project
  • Up to 30 million USD for the Gunpowder River Bridge Replacement Program
  • Up to 21.6 million USD for the NEC South End Infrastructure Renewal and Speed Improvement Planning Study
  • Up to 18.8 million USD for the Bush River Bridge Replacement Program
  • Up to 4 million USD for the New Haven to Providence Capacity Planning Study

Additionally, another 13 projects led by Amtrak’s partners have also received funding, including:

  • The Hudson Tunnel Project – Gateway Development Commission (up to 3.79 billion USD)
  • Penn Station Access – MTA (up to 1.64 billion USD)
  • Walk Bridge Replacement Project – CTDOT (up to 465 million USD)
  • Devon Bridge Replacement Project – CTDOT (up to 245.92 million USD)
  • Delco Lead – NJ TRANSIT (up to 180.9 million USD)
  • New Haven Line Power Improvement Program – CTDOT (up to 122.8 million USD)
  • Devon Bridge Interim Repairs – CTDOT (up to 119.32 million USD)
  • Hartford Line Rail Program Double Track (Phase 3B) Project – CTDOT (up to 104.86 million USD)
  • New Haven Line Track Improvement and Mobility Enhancement Part 1 and 3 – CTDOT (up to 71.64 million USD)
  • Newark Penn Station Vertical Circulation Improvements – NJ TRANSIT (up to 59.2 million USD)
  • Reconstruction of Cornwells Heights Station – SEPTA (up to 30.5 million USD)
  • Saugatuck River Bridge Replacement – CTDOT (up to 23.2 million USD)
  • New Haven Line Network Infrastructure Upgrade Project – CTDOT (up to 15.4 million USD)

Additional information about the funded projects can be found here.


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