The federal Department of Transportation is putting $745 million toward rail projects that will allow trains to travel up to 160 mph in some sections of the Northeast Corridor and construction that will allow Amtrak trains to avoid a congested rail junction in Queens.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the funding on Monday. About $450 million will be used to upgrade electrical systems and tracks between Trenton, N.J., and New York City. The upgrade means Acela Express trains will be able to get up to a top speed of 160 mph between Trenton and New Brunswick, N.J.
About $295 million will be used to construct a flyover at the Harold Interlocking rail junction in Queens. It will separate Amtrak from Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North commuter trains, easing congestion.