The Northeast Corridor had one of the worst train accidents in decades when the Amtrak 188 train connecting Washington DC to New York City derailed killing 8 people, injuring 200 including 11 of them critically. The accident could have been prevented if the train was equipped with up to date technology such as “positive train control” that automatically limits the speed of the train or if the track were equipped with “Automatic Train Control” however like many other rail systems in the US, the Northeast Corridor railway system is outdated and its infrastructure is crumbling. As a result, trains are often delayed and passengers safety questionable.
15-year long modernization plan
To address these issues, the Northeast Corridor Commission was created in 2010 after approval by the Congress in 2008 with the mission to develop an implement a modernization program for the Northeast Corridor. Yesterday, this Commission released a 15-year plan including 150 projects to improve the conditions of the actual system. The plan entitled “CONNECT 2035” includes among the multiple projects a 5 year renovation project of the Portal North bridge over the Hackensack River, repairing the North River tunnel, build 4 new stations in the Bronx.