02/16/2010 AT 08:00
The three year project is set to begin in April, 2010. It is being funded by $47.1 million from Amtrak's annual capital program and $57.6 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It is anticipated that this project will result in good paying jobs locally and in the region.
The project involves construction of a new two-track bridge south of its present alignment. Additional work includes expanding the navigation channel beneath the bridge used by water traffic, realigning the east and west track approaches to the bridge, and relocating the Niantic Bay Overlook, including beach restoration.
The existing bridge will remain in operation until the new bridge is built and the river will remain open to water traffic throughout construction.
Amtrak trains operated under a contract with the Illinois Department of Transportation are providing a way to overcome the unpredictable costs of driving and drew more than 1.8 million passengers to state-supported routes in Fiscal Year 2009.
Amtrak is making major investments in the New York area to bring its bridges, tracks and other infrastructure up to a state of good repair, increase track speeds and improve operations, including a soon to start $10 million project to rehabilitate the Pelham Bay Bridge.
Amtrak passengers have more destinations in Wisconsin to begin or end their trips, thanks to an agreement between the national passenger railroad and Jefferson Lines, an intercity motorcoach operator.
Amtrak is using $25 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to replace transformers and other electrical equipment—some of which date to before World War II— at 40 substations that deliver the power needed to propel passenger trains on the electrified tracks.
Alstom has been selected by Caltrans to renovate all 66 bi-level intercity passenger vehicles from its California car fleet.
Travelers may now use Google Transit — Google's public transportation trip planning function — to plan their journeys on Amtrak as five of the railroad's routes were recently added to the Google Transit system.
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), the Province of British Columbia and Amtrak announced today that the long awaited second daily Amtrak Cascades train between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. will begin service on Wednesday.
Amtrak unveiled the first of 81 passenger rail cars to be removed from storage, restored to good condition, and returned to service as part of a program to add seating capacity to trains across its national system using funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Keystone Corridor passengers who use the Lancaster train station will find it much improved and more accessible and comfortable as a result of a major $12 million renovation project now getting underway.
Children age 12 and under who ride Amtrak's western trains can win a Lionel toy train set by describing what they like about riding on the train as part of the 10th annual Amtrak Lionel Kid's Essay Contest.