Friday, July 30

High-speed train

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An 1870s-era rail tunnel used by Amtrak could be a possible beneficiary of federal infrastructure funding

Amtrak and the state of Maryland last week came to an agreement on a $4 billion plan to replace the deteriorating Baltimore & Potomac (B&P) Tunnel in Baltimore, a key bottleneck along Amtrak's heavily trafficked Northeast Corridor, according to The Washington Post.The replacement tunnel is slated to be built in the next decade, with the tunnel having the ability to transport electric-powered trains.For years, the current tunnel has transported Amtrak, Maryland's MARC commuter trains, and commercial rail traffic through the state's largest city.But trains slow down to 30 miles per hour along the 148-year-old two-track tunnel, which often creates delays throughout the rail corridor.A replacement tunnel, roughly half a mile north of the existing tubes, would allow trains to move up to 100 ...