NEC Projects


New Jersey High-Speed Rail Improvement Program

Project Partners

  • Amtrak
  • U.S. DOT Federal Railroad Administration

Project Benefits

  • Increased Capacity
  • Safety
  • Passenger Service
  • Connectivity
  • Environmental Impact
  • Increased Reliability

Project Status


Available Funding

$450 M

With $450 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Amtrak is upgrading its rail infrastructure to support more frequent high-speed rail service and to improve the reliability of current service between New York and Washington. The project will upgrade electrical power, signal systems, tracks and overhead catenary wires along a 23-mile section of track between Trenton and New Brunswick, New Jersey. 

This program will allow Amtrak trains to operate at speeds up to 160 mph between Trenton and New Brunswick, New Jersey and substantially improve the reliability of intercity and commuter services on one of the most heavily used sections of the Northeast Corridor. The project is scheduled for completion in 2019.

Key project milestones to date include:

-Installation of 23 miles of signal power cable and C&S conduit

-Completion of 2 new Static Frequency Convertors at Metuchen, NJ.

-Completion of Hamilton Substation

-Installation of catenary poles

-Improvements and upgrades to the track including the installation of new high speed turnouts at Delco and Adams interlocking