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Published: Sat, August 27, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

New high-speed Amtrak trains heading to N.J

New high-speed Amtrak trains heading to N.J

Biden was a frequent Amtrak rider during his more than 30 years in the U.S. Senate, commuting daily between his Wilmington home and Washington. Each trainset will have modern amenities that can be upgraded as customer preferences evolve such as improved Wi-Fi access, personal outlets, USB ports and adjustable reading lights at every seat, enhanced food service and a smoother, more reliable ride. "We need these kinds of investments to keep this region - and our whole country - moving, and to create new jobs".

The new trains will have one-third more seating, increasing capacity by 40%.

"It's not hard to imagine what life along this corridor would be without Amtrak", Vice President Joe Biden said.

"This is a serious, serious upgrade", Biden said.

"We're making the most significant investment in passenger rail that's ever been made in this country", said Amtrak board chairman Anthony Coscia.

The 28 new trains can travel almost 190 miles per hour, they're more than 25 percent more efficient and they can get you from New York City to Washington D.C.in half an hour.

The new trains will be built by Alstom which has sold more than 1,100 high-speed trains around the world at facilities in NY.

The almost $2.5 billion federal loan Amtrak took out will also pay for safety improvements along the corridor, some pieces of which were built in the 19th century. The expanded fleet will enable Amtrak to increase frequency, operating half-hourly between Washington and NY at peak times, and hourly between NY and Boston.

Last year, federal and state agencies, including Amtrak, developed a 5-year plan to spend 17.7 billion on infrastructure along the Northeast Corridor between 2016 and 2020. It also includes $170 million for facility improvements in New York, Washington and Maryland, and $90 million for safety improvements and $80 million for track infrastructure.

In Delaware, a number of infrastructure projects are now being planned or being built, including a third set of tracks south of Wilmington and a $26 million rebuilt and expanded train station in Newark to accommodate students bound for the University of Delaware's STAR campus. The first next-generation train is scheduled to enter service in 2021, with the rest entering service, and the current fleet retired by the end of 2022.

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