Anthony Foxx

Proposal for Northeast Corridor upgrades includes major rerouting in Maryland

Proposal for Northeast Corridor upgrades includes major rerouting in Maryland

The Federal Railroad Administration is recommending a major rerouting of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor in Maryland to straighten the rail line, avoid two aging bridges and speed train travel north of Baltimore.

The proposal — part of an overall recommendation for upgrades to the passenger railway based on four years of input from state and local officials — would require a significant investment and land acquisitions along existing freight rail and highway corridors in Baltimore, Harford and Cecil counties.

Federal officials did not break down the cost by state, but they said the overall project could cost as much as $128 billion. All the tracks and track structures needed would...

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