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Northeast Corridor high-speed rail plan slows to 160 mph

(Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, December 8, 2013)

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Amtrak recently issued draft specifications for new trains to replace its existing Acelas that call for 160 m.p.h. trains, not the 220 m.p.h. versions Amtrak said in January that it was seeking. Spokesman Craig Schulz said Amtrak hoped to buy 160-mile-an-hour trains that could be modified in the future to go faster, as the Northeast Corridor was upgraded to permit higher speeds.

Full story: Philadelphia Inquirer

Monday, December 9, 2013

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