Northeast states seek plan for rail upgrades

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BOSTON (AP) — Eleven Northeastern states are asking federal railroad officials to develop a plan to dramatically upgrade high-speed passenger rail service along the Northeast Corridor over the next four decades.

The coalition says the effort is aimed at producing “one of the most comprehensive and inclusive transportation plans” ever attempted.

The states proposed that the Federal Railroad Administration launch a three-year, $18.8 million study of possible expansions and improvements to Amtrak and commuter rail service along the Northeast Corridor from Boston to Washington, D.C.

No cost estimate was given for potential enhancements that might result from the study.

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The states warn that failure to upgrade rail service would lead to further highway congestion and airport delays.

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