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Amtrak tests high-speed trains on Northeast Corridor

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Amtrak is running test trains at 165mph/266kph along the U.S. Northeast Corridor to ready the line before the start of regular high-speed services.

The tests will measure the interaction between the train and the track, ride quality and other safety factors.

Since last week, Amtrak has been running high-speed trains at 165mph/266kph – 5 mph above the expected operating speed – in four areas, covering more than 100 miles of the Northeast Corridor.

Regular high-speed services will eventually run in Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The initial test run is in New Jersey where Amtrak is presently advancing design, engineering and other pre-construction activities for a $450 million project funded by the federal high-speed rail program. The project includes upgrading track, electrical power, signal systems and overhead catenary wires.

The project is due to be completed in 2017.

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