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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

NJ moves to replace key N.E. Corridor rail bridge

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New Jersey has applied for federal funding to replace the 100-year-old, two-track bridge that carries Northeast Corridor trains over the Hackensack River in the Meadowlands, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Nearly 500 Amtrak and NJ Transit trains now use the swing span, known as the Portal Bridge. 

Gov. Corzine's office says the application is being made through the federal government's program to advance high-speed passenger rail service. It also was developed in collaboration with other states in the Northeast Corridor, including Pennsylvania.

The bridge is considered a chokepoint and expanding it could improve speed and increase capacity on the line, said N.J. Transit Executive Director Richard Sarles.

No price tag was given for replacing the bridge.

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