Amtrak president Joe Boardman has told a congressional committee that there is “insufficient” infrastructure investment in the Northeast Corridor (NEC) to cover the long list of improvements needed to keep services running on time.
Boardman said that $782 million is needed a year to cover ongoing maintenance costs and planned long-term improvements.
Investment is needed to allow Amtrak to develop its vision for high-speed services on the line, which runs down the country’s east coast, connecting Boston with Washington.
Boardman said: “There is insufficient NEC infrastructure investment to meet both the on-going normalized replacement and the backlog capital requirements. And that means we are eating our assets alive.”