2011-05-12 / Local & State

Pa. Gets Money To Speed Up Rail Travel

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Travel by passenger train between Harrisburg and Philadelphia could get faster, thanks to $40 million in federal money.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesman Rich Kirkpatrick said the money awarded Monday will be used to improve switches approaching the Harrisburg station on Amtrak’s Keystone Corridor East service.

He says it’s expected the improvements can slash seven to nine minutes off the running time between Harrisburg and Philadelphia. The line’s top speed is 110 miles per hour, and express service between the two cities takes 90 minutes currently.

The money is available because Florida’s governor canceled plans for highspeed train service there.

Another nearly $800 million will be used to upgrade train speeds from 135 mph to 160 mph on critical segments of the heavily traveled Northeast Corridor, which runs through Philadelphia.

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