Amtrak and NJ Transit to improve NEC infrastructure

Passenger train on NEC Portal Bridge

Amtrak and NJ Transit will invest USD 31 million to improve railway infrastructure along the Northeast Corridor (NEC) in New Jersey and to conduct renewal work throughout spring and summer 2019 as part of their ongoing partnership.
The work, which will lead to improved conditions for travelers, will be conducted throughout the state from the north end with projects at Newark Penn Station and Portal Bridge to the southern portion of the state with projects in Trenton.
“The bridges and rails that cross New Jersey serve as a lifeline for our state’s economy, and the Northeast Corridor is an indispensable branch,” New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy, said.
Infrastructure improvement projects along the NEC in New Jersey include block tie replacement programme at Newark Penn Station, total timber deck replacement on tracks 2 and 3 on Portal Bridge, involving the renewal of more than 500 timbers per track, extensive timber and switch replacement work at Fair Interlocking, located in Trenton, which includes the total switch replacement for six switches, upgrading all switch machines from air to electric, installing all new electric switch heaters (from propane) and replacing more than 700 ties and 350 switch timbers.
Another project is related to NJ High Speed Rail Programme, as Amtrak is currently working towards completing catenary upgrades to support improved reliability and capacity for Amtrak and NJ Transit trains and the upcoming next-generation Acela fleet which will enter service in 2021. This includes equipment removal, replacement, and new installation of constant tension catenary for all four tracks between County (in New Brunswick) and Midway (in Monmouth Junction/South Brunswick) Interlockings and between Midway and CP Clark (in West Windsor), and between CP Clark and Ham (in Trenton).

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