Speaking at Amtrak’s 30th Street Station in Philadelphia Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden outlined three channels of development. “Core Express” will develop electrified trains operating at 125 mph to 250 mph, running on tracks dedicated to passenger service. “Regional” will develop 90 mph to 125 mph service (HrSR), an incremental step toward true HSR. “Emerging” will develop reliable train service in regions that are underserved, increasing access to the larger national intercity passenger rail network.
The President’s proposal received support Tuesday in a joint statement from U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue andAFL-CIO President Richard Trumpka.
New Jersey’s two U.S. Senators joined Amtrak President Joseph Boardman Monday in Newark, N.J. to advance a plan, this time led by Amtrak and dubbed the “Gateway Tunnel,” to increase capacity on the Northeast Corridor under the Hudson River.