trak – in partnership with NJ TRANSIT and in coordination with MTA – has entered into a contract with global engineering, consulting and design firm Arup to begin designing options for the first new tracks, platforms and concourses connected to New York Penn Station in more than a century.
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Last week, Amtrak kicked off procurement phase for the $1+ billion Southern Approach construction package, which is the first of three major construction contracts for the B&P Tunnel Replacement Program in Baltimore.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Amtrak passengers can now travel even faster on Acela as recent infrastructure improvements along a 16-mile segment of track between New Brunswick and South Brunswick can accommodate speeds of up to 150 mph. This project is part of the New Jersey High-Speed Rail Improvement program and a $450 million investment by U.S. DOT, and the first of many speed upgrades anticipated in the NEC that lays the framework for future trip time reduction and improves the reliability of intercity and commuter services on one of the most heavily used sections of the NEC.
Amtrak Board Chair Tony Coscia said, “New York Penn Station is one of the busiest transportation facilities in the world. Amtrak is committed to ensuring its future for generations of rail travelers which will benefit the entire Northeast Corridor. As the owner and steward of the station, we are eager to advance the station’s transformation. Our partnership with Governor Hochul and Governor Murphy will deliver a long-awaited dream to both reconstruct and expand Penn Station.”
Amtrak President and CEO Stephen Gardner said, “New York Penn Station is more than just the busiest rail hub in North America – it is a gateway to the nation’s largest city for rail passengers from across the nation. We thank Governor Hochul, Governor Murphy, MTA and NJ TRANSIT for their partnership to design a beautiful new, modern and bright, world-class station complex fit for New York. With the support and collaboration of our partners, we will give the region’s residents, visitors and commuters an improved station that increases its vitality to the city, economy and local community.”
A construction project to improve accessibility and safety at the Amtrak stop in Ashland, Va., has been completed. Amtrak and the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA) are partners in bringing Amtrak Northeast Regional daily service to the station located in the town’s downtown at 112 N. Railroad Ave.
NEW YORK – Amtrak today announced Art at Amtrak, a year-round public art initiative that will bring a variety of visual works to New York Penn Station (NYP) and provide an unparalleled creative platform for New York and New Jersey artists. Building upon the highly successful public art program at Moynihan Train Hall, the rotating temporary installations commissioned for Art at Amtrakwillfurther enliven the hub that serves as the front door to New York City.
NEW YORK – Amtrak personnel recently spent a series of consecutive weekends in March remediating damage to the benchwall system in the South Tube of the North River Tunnel that maximized efficiency without interrupting regular train service. The crews were able to take advantage of previously scheduled work that required weekend service outages to replace critical switches near New York Penn Station.
To date Amtrak has completed 168 ADA station related projects as part of the ADA Stations Program with 20 stations brought into ADA compliance last fiscal year for $85 million. Another 41 stations are targeted for completion this fiscal year at a forecasted investment of $125 million. Our program is advancing 120 station designs and 40 station construction projects as part of Amtrak’s ongoing commitment to providing accessibility for all of our customers.
NEW YORK – Amtrak customers can now enjoy bar service at Amtrak’s premium Metropolitan Lounge in the Moynihan Train Hall in New York City. The bar menu offers beer, wine, cocktails, and hot food offerings available for purchase between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Nodding to the more than 400 breweries in New York state, the menu features rotating seasonal selections from local New York breweries, including Five Boroughs Brewing, Brooklyn Brewery, Ithaca Beer Company, Empire Brewing Company and Montauk Brewing Company.
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – As part of the Johnstown Iron-to-Arts Corridor Project, Amtrak is investing more than $16 million into the Johnstown Station, served by the PennDOT supported Pennsylvanian route (operating daily between New York, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh), as part of the ADASP (Americans with Disabilities Act Stations Program) and State of Good Repair Funding. Amtrak’s investment builds on a $24.5 million U.S. Department of Transportation RAISE Grant to be awarded to Johnstown on Nov. 19, which will support additional improvements to Johnstown Station and other key transportation facilities in this city.