Amtrak is building the foundation for its Northeast Corridor Vision and NextGen high-speed rail with several Pathway Projects, which form the core of its near term investment strategy.
A new equipment order for high-speed trainsets, in partnership with the Federal Railroad Administration, is intended to expand the Acela fleet in the near term and meet the long term operational needs of NextGen high-speed rail service in the future. The trainsets are planned to be introduced into revenue service by 2021 or earlier.
The Gateway Program is a set of infrastructure investments including a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River that will double train capacity at the Northeast Corridor’s greatest bottleneck between Newark, NJ and New York Penn Station and is essential to upgrading the NEC to allow for NextGen high-speed rail service.
Washington Union Station's 2nd Century Project is developing a comprehensive vision for an expanded and improved Washington Union Station to accommodate a tripling in passengers in the next twenty years and accommodate NextGen high-speed rail service levels.