Faster trains, better service under new plan, but could $117B price tag derail multistate project?

Revamping of Northeast Corridor would allow ‘doubling of NJ Transit peak-hour service into Penn Station’

Transportation advocates are applauding a new proposal to completely upgrade railroad infrastructure along the Northeast Corridor; it would make trains faster and more reliable, and commuting times shorter.

The ambitious C35 plan would replace old tunnels, tracks, signals and catenary lines, and straighten curves, to help trains run at speeds of up to 160 mph along some stretches. Critics say the $117 billion price tag is unaffordable and that the plan would require hard-to-envision agreements among eight states, nine agencies, Congress and the federal government.

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