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Engineering NEC HSR safety
During late 2015, Amtrak conducted Vehicle Track Interaction (VTI) testing over a number of selected test sites in New England and New Jersey. This testing constituted a portion of the…
Alstom lands Amtrak next-gen NEC trainset contract
No surprise, thanks to Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) very public visit to Alstom’s Hornell, N.Y. manufacturing plant on Sept. 21, 2015: Amtrak, as expected, has contracted with Alstom to supply…
High Speed Rail in The Northeast: What Next?
PART I: Defining and Expanding High Speed. Considering the future of the NEC helps answer the question: What are the factors governing the expansion of high-speed rail on other railroads?
Amtrak expands weekend high-speed NEC service
Weekend travelers have another high-speed option for Northeast Corridor (NEC) service between Boston and New York, as Amtrak expands its Acela Express service between the two cities, the company announced…
Amtrak, CHSRA issue trainset RFP
Amtrak and the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) on Jan. 24, 2014 jointly issued an RFP (Request For Proposals) for high speed trainsets that will be “essential to meeting…
A 220-mph NEC? A contrarian weighs in
In competitive markets, vision and strategy are tested daily as consumers vote with their wallets, investors choose among opportunities, and competitors react—all creating greater efficiency.
Amtrak sprints toward a higher speed future
The Northeast Corridor’s “New Jersey Raceway” is receiving some of the most significant improvements since the original NECIP and NHRIP projects.
Guest Blog: “Amtrak is not the problem”
The following commentary was submitted in response to my recent blog, “If the source of funding isn’t fares, then Amtrak needs to go away.” It’s an eye-opener. There are very…
Amtrak, California, and FRA team up for new HSR gear
A triad of U.S. HSR interests makes its move, upsetting some preconceived conventional wisdom involving the nation’s passenger rail outlook.
Amtrak steps up NEC higher-speed initiatives
In service since late 2000, Amtrak’s Acela Express high speed trainsets have operated at a maximum speed of 135 mph on the New York-Washington segment of the Northeast Corridor, and…
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