"This is the first expansion of regional high-speed rail outside the Amtrak-owned Northeast Corridor," Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman said. "With our partners in Michigan, we will extend this 110 mph service from Kalamazoo to the state's central and eastern regions in the coming years."
Amtrak began raising speeds on this corridor from 79 mph in 2001 to 90 mph in 2002 and to 95 mph in 2005. Sustained operations at 110 mph on services like the Wolverine (pictured) will shave 10 minutes from the 95 mph schedules and about 20 minutes from the 2001 schedules on the Amtrak-owned segment of the corridor, one of the few significant stretches of right-of-way owned by Amtrak outside the Northeast.
The PTC technology is GE Transportation's ITCS (Incremental Train Control System).